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History of Rethymno Town

From a historic point of view, Rethymno is one of the best-preserved examples of a Renaissance town which is one of the reasons why is a popular holiday destination. After the Venetian conquest of Crete (1204), Rethymno was built by Venetian craftsmen with the layout of the town parallel to the sea along Ruga Maistra (the main Venetian street, today's coastal Venizelou Avenue – where Casa Maistra Residence apart hotel is located). The Cretans later mastered the art and continued building the town using the same Venetian technique with a lot of local influence. In fact, the private mansions of Rethymno (some of the most impressive you can find only minutes away from our hotel) feature genuine Venetian style craftsmanship mainly on their facades, while the interiors (due to limited budget) are strongly influenced by Cretan traditional architecture.

During the years of the Turkish occupation (1646-1898) the existing Venetian public and private buildings in Rethymno were modified according to the needs and likes of the Turks. The use of wood became more dominant and replaced the Venetian stone. The walls were plastered and the top level of the house was made to project over the street, forming a wooden kiosk with oriel windows. An example of that mixed architecture is Casa Maistra Residence hotel, which started as a mansion (like most buildings on the Rethymno beach road) and later was divided into three apartment suites.

At the end of the 16th century Rethymno was rebuild (after its total destruction in 1571 by Ulu Ali) and from that time many fine examples of Turkish architecture are still preserved.