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Kandanos has been settled since the Jurassic period. The town and surrounding area suffered particularly badly from German occupation during World War II. During the Battle of Crete, resistance fighters had held advancing German soldiers for two days, preventing them from reaching Paleochora to secure it. In retribution the occupiers razed the village to the ground and erected a sign: "Here stood Kandanos, destroyed in retribution for the murder of 25 German soldiers, never to be rebuilt again."

The town was rebuilt however, and the sign retained in a war memorial. Several of the Byzantine churches and their frescoes were restored. Germany donated a waterworks after the war to the village and former soldiers stationed there returned in reconciliation.

There is a health center, a police station, a bank branch, a post-office and some stores, taverns and cafes in the village.

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  • Copyright: Kyriakos Kontathakis (kkyriakos) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 0 N: 27] (435)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-07-10
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-07-24 0:47
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