Brendan Jackson, Beverley Harvey, Alicja Rogalska, Paulina Paga - Laundry
We asked the young people to guide us around Hania, to share with us the particular places of significance to them, as residents of this town. On this map are a few of the places we enjoyed...

1. Venetian Courtyard

At the top of Lithinon, a beautiful old courtyard which once was the heart of the Venetian city. A stone’s throw from the busy harbour front, yet a quiet and secluded world away, with sleeping cats and lemon trees.

2. Beach at Agion Apostolon

Walk from Nea Hora beach, past the next beach of flotsam and jetsam, and you will find beyond the next headland the golden beach by Agion Apostolon.

3. Harbour view

Walking up Agiou Markous or G.Kantanoleou, you will find a view from an open courtyard, which was once part of the Palace buildings of the Kastello.

4. Albanian quarter

A series of narrow alley ways in the Turkomahalah, north of Splantzia Square… on the way to the Red-Light District. It’s an old Cretan-Turkish neighborhood. This side of the town suffered badly from shelling during the German Invasion of Crete in 1941.

5. Etz Hayyim Synagogue, Parados Kondylaki

The Synagogue is located in what was once the old Jewish Quarter. Today it is still called the ‘Ovraiki’ though under the Venetians it was termed a Zudeccha or Ghetto. Until 1999 Etz Hayyim was a desecrated house of prayer that remained the sole Jewish monument on the Island of Crete after the destruction of the Jewish community in 1944. It stood as a monument to the success of the Nazis in obliterating 2300 years of Jewish life on the Island of Crete. From 1996 until the year of its re-dedication in 1999 the structure has been painstakingly restored. The spirit in which Etz-Hayyim was re-dedicated was that it be a house of prayer, recollection and reconciliation.

6. The Red Bicycle

Hard working artists need a good breakfast, and we enjoyed the food and birdsong at this cafe, nestled behind the Trimartiri Cathedral of Hania.

7. Stadium

The National Stadium of Hania was constructed in 1935. It originally had a capacity of 5000, but many of the stands have been demolished. The surrounds and stands of the stadium are decorated with a mass of graffiti. The stadium is due to undergo a major reconstruction. Georgos took us to the arena and demonstrated triple jump.

8. Holy Trinity Monastery

Some 15 kilometres outside of Hania, and near the airport, is the Agia Triada Monastery, near the village of Koumares. Built in the 17th century by Venetians who converted to the Orthodox church, and burnt down during the revolution of 1821, today the monks produce wine and olive oil. The monastery was one of the locations for the Oscar winning 1964 film ‘Zorba The Greek’, from the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis.

Listen to the monastery bells in the short clip below.

The bells at Agia Triada Monastery, near Hania from Laundry Line on Vimeo.