Do you want to be married at the historical place? The Fortezza is the one of the most popular wedding venues in Crete. The citadel of the city of Rethymno, it was the biggest fortress in the island, built by the Venetians in the 16th century. In 1646 it was captured by the Ottomans.
Actually, the story has began earlier. At the Ancient times there was Rithimna city and the Temple of Arthemis. The fort is so large that it could host and protect the entire population of the town. The grand pentagonal has perimeter about half a kilometer long. Above the arch of the Main Gate there was an emblem of the Republic of Venice – the Lion of St. Mark. But after 500 years it has gone.
But we, wedding planners in Crete, we love the Fortezza not only for the special historical atmosphere this place brings to a wedding day, but also because from its wall one can have a breathtaking panoramic view.
In winter the Fortezza is all green inside, meantime you can see the tops of the White Mountains covered by snow. A combination Blue-White-Green is so unusual to Crete. I would recommend you to consider the Fortezza as an amazing venue if you plan to get married in Crete in winter.
If you are looking for a privacy, it’s better to have a ceremony at the beautiful ex-mosque of Sultan Ibrahim. Before the Ottomans invasion it was an Orthodox Basilica.
I love Crete also for this mix of religions and cultures! I love the fact that the orthodox Cretans hadn’t destroyed mosques and the minarets. Have a look at this orthodox cathedral in Chania. Isn’t it a real monument of human tolerance? It remains the details of both world religions!
Another option is to have a ceremony in the front of the modern church of St. Catherine. It’s also available for the orthodox wedding in Crete.
If you plan to have a wedding ceremony somewhere close to Rethymno, you can ask your photographer about the pre-ceremony couple’s photoshoot in here. There are so many nice spots to get beautiful memories about the day of your wedding.
To learn more about Fortezza go here
To learn more about administration fees for the civil weddings in Rethymno and Fortezza as well click here
To check other wedding venues in Crete, welcome to page “Themes”