Chania Sights & Monuments - Located on a hill overlooking the picturesque bay of Souda in Crete, Aptera Fortress is a well-preserved castle just 12 kilometers east of Chania. It was constructed after the Cretan Revolution of 1866 with the purpose of controlling the Apokorona region and supporting the Itzadin fortress in securing the strategically important bay of Souda. Aptera Fortress boasts two towers, one facing west (overseeing the passage to Kerameia) and the other facing east (towards Kalyves), with the former communicating with the fortress of Souda islet and the latter with the fortress of Intzedin, as well as the towers of Kalives and Neo Chorio. Following the Turks' departure from Crete, Aptera Koules served as a school for the village of Megala Horafia. Discover the rich history and stunning views of Aptera Fortress in Chania, Crete.

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