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We are in the old town of Rethymnon, in the homonymous prefecture of the largest of the Greek islands, Crete.

The film begins with shots of the city from the beach at its western end. We can see the walls and the building that currently houses the local Perfecture.

Then we are transported into the city, in the square of Four Martyrs, in front of the statue of Kostis Giamboudakis, the Cretan revolutionary who sacrificed himself by blowing up the Arkadi Monastery in the siege of 1866 by the Turks.

Next, we see the minaret of the Neratze Mosque and with a camera’s downward movement, a part of the building which in the past was the main monastery of the Catholic Order of the Augustinians and was converted into a mosque after the city’s conquest by the Ottomans.

We see footage from the daily life of the city, a woman who carries a basket on her shoulder, an old man who walks holding a little boy’s hand, people who pass by on bicycles or motorcycles, a group of male regular visitors in a cafe that are under a huge eucalyptus tree, the waiter who is going to get their order. A general view of the city and the Gulf of Almyros, part of the Cretan Sea.

We see a close-up shot of the Fortezza, on the hill of Paleokastro (meaning "Old Castle”), a Venetian fortress that was built in 1573. We can see the 1,300 meter long walls but also the Cathedral which was dedicated to St Nikolaos and which during the Turkish occupation was turned into the mosque of Sultan Ibrahim. It is a large square building covered with a dome.

A panoramic view of the rest of the city of Rethymnon and back to the walls of Fortezza, we also see the Holy Chapel of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and the building of the General Hospital of Rethymnon.


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Filippou Michail

HD (1440x1080)



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