Garazo

Garazo is a village in the prefecture of Rethymno, located approximately 40 km far from the city of Rethymno on the road leading to Perama.

The agricultural settlement Garazo is built at an altitude of 270 meters, between Psiloritis and Tallaia mountains, and maintains the traditional city design of the late Venetian period and the Ottoman rule.

Historically, Garazo has always belonged to the province of Mylopotamos and was mentioned in almost all censuses. Moreover, the fortified position of the settlement provided security to the leaders of the Cretan Revolution, who gathered there many times to make important decisions.

Symbol of the village Garazo has always been an oak tree. After making a first stop in the vast verdant village square, in the middle of which the newly built church of Agia Kyriaki dominates, the visitors can relax in one of the traditional cafes of the village and enjoy the fresh air.

Today, all public services are available in Garazo village and its Cultural-Educational Association is well known for its frequent cultural activities, with the most distinguishing being the Pancretan Citrus Festival held every summer and considered one of the oldest events of Crete. Generally, it is a very fertile village and, according to tradition, the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Vosakos used to have a large shareholder and a lot of property there.

In close proximity to the village center, there is the former settlement with narrow stone-built alleys and the memorial at its entrance, honoring the struggle for survival during the most difficult times in the past. A little further and under the arch of Garazo there is a basement, which housed the former Turkish prisons.

Other attractions in the village of Garazo are the public aqueduct, built in 1915, and the church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, a miniature of the monastery of Arkadi. Right next to the church, in a traditional building the Folk Museum of the village is housed, which is now open to visitors. There is also the Museum of Olives and Olive Oil, located in a renovated mill and the Museum of Greek utilitarian pottery, which is housed in the historic Town Hall of the village, both waiting to meet you.

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