The Fortress of Kazarma
Kazarma is a serene and majestic space that reveals the historical importance and the eloquent past to its guests, and also offers a panoramic view of the town and bay of Sitia.
During the Venetian era Sitia became part of the Venetian Regno di Candia and received the characterization «maximum statum et lumen ejiusdem insulae» ("fine destination and island of light"). The Venetians, built several castles and fortresses around the town, of which today stands only one fortress. They named Kazarma from the Venetian «Casa di Arma», which means barracks. The wall they built began from the Roman baths where the ducks are situated today and go up to the current fortress of Kazarma.
Great damage was caused both to the walls and the fortress of Kazarma from earthquakes, the revolt of the people against the Venetians and the raid of the notorious pirate Barbarossa.
The opening hours are:
From 01 November to 31 March: 8:30 to 15:00, closed on Mondays
From April 01 to October 31: 8:30 to 19:30, closed on Mondays