Early morning in the harbour of Rethymno and a visit to the Fortezza Fortress

July 07, 2020  •  11 Comments

For sunrise, we went back to the harbour.  This lighthouse was built by the Egyptians around 1830, when the Turks handed Crete to the Egyptians.  In 1864, the lighthouse came under the supervision of the French Lighthouse Company.  The lighthouse is no longer working.  

Laurie and I noticed  that people were still in the bars at this early hour. 

A beautiful scene before the city woke up and the night crowd went home.

We walked around the old town and watched the sun come up.

Around 6.30 we walked  back to the hotel to get breakfast before heading out again.  

After breakfast we went to see the Fortezza Fortress.  This was a view of the city that we came across from the fortress.

The fortress was built by the Venetians in the 16th century in order to defend against Ottoman invasions.    By the early 20th century, many houses were built within the citadel.  They were later demolished during World War 2 leaving only a few historic buildings within the Fortezza.  The structure above is the Sultan Ibrahim Khan Mosque.  

Restoration was started in the 1990's.  

Inside one of the buildings.

Jane photographing inside the building.

From the fortress, there was a great view of the chrystal clear waters.  

One last look at this interesting mosque  and tree before heading out.


The dawn is a beautiful, enchanting part of the day. Marsha, you've captured that in your photos. All of your pictures are resurrecting that feeling that I want to escape the confines of the pandemic lifestyle and hit the road.
Marsha, you have really out-done yourself with those early morning pictures.... absolutely breathtaking.
Gwendolyn Rattle(non-registered)
What struck me in this series was the absolute sharp definition in colours and lighting. I have never noticed such clarity before!
Jane Jamison(non-registered)
Thanks for the early a.m. shots! Now I know what I missed by sleeping in :-) Could you email me your shot of me? I can put it in my album to prove I was really there!!
Tricia Matheson(non-registered)
Now I know why you photographers get up ridiculously early. What amazing early morning photos those were! Remember you telling us once that a blue sky at noon is pretty flat - and not an interesting photo. These are exceptional. The ones of the old fortress were almost like being there. Could almost smell the dry grasses blowing in the wind.
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