Mikrasiaton Square

The Mikrasiaton Square is located in the Old Town of Rethymno and it is the biggest square in the heart of the historical center since 2007.

Its name comes from the settlement of the inhabitants of Minor Asia (Mikrasiates=people from Minor Asia) who arrived to Rethymno after the population exchange set by the Lausanne Convention and were accommodated in that square.

Being the meeting point of the youngsters and the families of Rethymno, mostly during summer, due to its spaciousness and a playground for the young children’ amusement, the Mikrasiaton Square has also room for bikes, skates and trampoline.

The monuments that frame the Mikrasiaton Square are jewels for the city of Rethymno, since they are the most important buildings remaining from the Venetian and Ottoman period, such as the House of Culture, the Neratze Mosque, the church of Agios Fragkiskos and the Historical and Folklore Rethymno Museum.

There is monument in the Mikrasiaton Square representing the Minor Asia disaster that was placed there after the efforts of the Association of Minor Asia and the Association of Minor Asia “Ionia” Rethymnon. The monument, five meters in length and four meters in height, had been placed on the east side of the square. The Minor Asia Hellenism had imparted to the local population of Rethymno many types of handmade professional art and creation and actively and effectively contributed in revitalizing the local economy.