The lighthouse of the Venetian harbour of Chania always fascinates visitors and is one of the most-photographed monuments in Crete. Is ideally located at the extreme end of the pier to the northwestern coast of Crete.
This magnificent lighthouse has undergone thorough renovation. It was first built by the Venetians and is conspicuous by its cylindrical shape. The present one owes its origins to the Egyptians who built upon the original base that the Venetians left behind. The lighthouse is made of stone blocks.
The exact date of its establishment is believed to be 1570. Although the lighthouse is no longer operational, it is still much preferred by the tourists who come to see this magnificent structure because of its historical importance. Only the grounds are open to the public. Entry inside the lighthouse is prohibited.
It took a number of years to renovate the lighthouse.
In fact the entire process of renovation was completed as recently as 2006. As of today, it looks as good as new. The lighthouse makes for an awesome sight especially when it is lit up at night. The spotlights start emitting light once darkness envelops the city of Chania and from a distance, it makes for a truly kaleidoscopic vignette.
Since the lighthouse was remodeled by the Egyptians during their occupation of the island from 1821 to 1841, it has a distinct Egyptian touch notably the minaret like shape and the elegant steps that lead to the balcony and the glass tower.
Source: greeka.com, the Greek islands specialists.
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LeeLoo (0) 2010-07-29 2:39
Dear Athanasios Benisis!
Very fine lighthouse. Amazing sunset. Superb brightness and colors.
abiesudiono (235) 2010-07-29 2:41
Beautiful blue hour photo. Loves the colors. Thanks for share.
vasilpro (40933) 2010-07-29 3:17
Γεια σου Αθανάσιε,
Εξαιρετική φωτογραφία του φάρου στο λιμάνι των Χανίων, υπέροχοι χρωματικοί τόνοι που η ώρα αυτή δημιουργεί, όμορφες αντανακλάσεις και άριστη διαχείριση του φωτός.
Καλή σου μέρα, Βασίλης.
tusharkmandal (3171) 2010-07-29 8:13
A great blue hour picture. The golden colors is just beautiful. I love the reflections on the blue. Nice presentation.
alin-m (3716) 2010-07-29 8:39
Congratulations for this great night-shot.
Very beautiful picture.
Cretense (68689) 2010-07-31 2:18
Γεια σου Αθανάσιε!
Πραγματικά είναι φωτογενής ο αποκαλούμενος "Αιγυπτιακός" φάρος των Χανίων, αλλα απαιτείται ένας πραγματικά καλός φωτογραφός για να αποτυπωθεί η ομορφιά του και εσύ ασφαλώς και είσαι! Αψογο καδράρισμα και σύνθεση άψογος φωτισμός, υπέροχα χρώματα και ατμόσφαιρα! Συγχαρητήρια!
ΥΓ. Ελπίζω να πέρασες καλά στα μέρη μου! Σε λίγες μέρες, επιτέλους, θα κατέβω κι εγώ!
delpeoples (53009) 2010-09-01 0:48
Geia sou dear Athanasios, excellent Blue Hour and the vertical frame is well suited to the vertical lines and reflections of this beautiful photo. The exposition is superb and te cobalt blue magical. TFS and I wish you a good day, Lisa
photoray (12173) 2010-09-13 7:51
The lovely Chania lighthouse is attractively represented in the dark blue sky and water, and radiant golden lighting.
Surfer31 (0) 2011-01-10 7:59
Magic light and colors, wonderful exposure.