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Chania Municipal Market description and photos - Greece: Chania (Crete). Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Chania Municipal Market.
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In the very center of Chania, there is the Municipal Market. At the end of the 19th century, this territory was the outskirts of the city, where the townspeople and residents of the immediate vicinity brought their goods for sale. It can be said that it was a typical farmers' market.
In 1908, the municipality decided to improve the conditions for trade. In 1911, construction began on the covered Municipal Market, modeled on the covered market in Marseille (France). It is located on the site of a Venetian bastion platform, most of the walls of which were destroyed in order to improve the city's infrastructure. The new market occupied an area of 4000 sq. m. It was built in the shape of a cross and had four main entrances. The construction of the market was completed in 1913. The official opening of the market took place on December 4, 1913 by the Prime Minister of Greece, Eleftherios Venizelos. Meat was sold in the eastern and western parts of the markets, the western part of the market was reserved for fish products, while vegetables and fruits were sold on the northern and southern ends of the market.
In May 1941, during World War II, the southeastern part the market was thoroughly destroyed. During the German occupation, soldiers occupied the central arcades, which were adapted for the needs of the army. After the end of the war, restoration work was carried out.
Today there are 76 shops in the market, including vegetable, meat, cheese, fruit and, of course, fish shops. In cozy restaurants located on the territory of the market, you can taste excellent Mediterranean cuisine, which traditionally abounds in various seafood delicacies. In small cafes you can take a break and have a cup of coffee, contemplating the bustle of the market, and then buy charming souvenirs in souvenir shops.
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