Grand Arsenal (Center of Mediterranean Architecture)

The “Great Arsenal” from the 15th century to 2022.

The “Great Arsenal” in the city of Chania traces a historical course through the centuries. The
residents and visitors to the city pass by this emblematic building every day
knowing its importance and usefulness throughout the ages.

The architecture of the building excites both lovers and scholars of architectural history, as well as
any pedestrian who happens to pass in front of him. The arched passageways, the ornate sheds, the sturdy
construction with the carved sandstones and the art of masonry throughout the entire scope of the building,
dominate the heart of the Old Venetian port.
The arsenals existed in the port area of Chania since 1497. The “Great Arsenal” began to
built in 1585 – 1600.

Over the years, its premises successively hosted the school of the Christian Community (1872), a number of
theaters (1892), the public hospital (1923) and the Town Hall (1928 – 1941).
Coming to today, from a roofless ruin, it has been transformed into an impressive event space and

It functions as a Mediterranean Architecture Center, hosting important Greek and
international events in its premises. A large percentage of these extroverted actions involve
– naturally – in architectural art.

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