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Rethymno is located on the northern coast of western Crete at Almyros bay. The total population of the enlarged municipality Rethymno is up to 30,000 residents. The city was built on the top of the ancient Rithimna which flourished in the 4th century BC.

The prosperity of the city of Rethymno is observed during the Venetian period. Over the centuries it fell into Turkish hands until it was incorporated to the Greek state in the early 20th century. Traces of various invaders are captured to the impressive monuments that characterize the town of Rethymno.