Chania

Trip Start May 20, 2008
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Trip End Sep 15, 2008


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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Big NATO presence
Battle of Crete in WW2. Thousands of German troops parachuted into Chania on May 20 1941 where they overran Allied forces with high casualties on both sides. German occupation followed until 1945
Mosque of the Janisseries oldest Ottoman building on island and dates back to 1645 and arrival of Turks on island
Wooden Stairs of Samaria Gorge drop 3280 ft. in first 1 mile
Iron Gates at mile 7 has gorge walls only 10 feet apart
Chania capital of Crete until 1971; 50,000 pop
city walls built c. 1590
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