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Historical interest: Crete
When the Romans conquered the island in 67 BC, they revived certain centres
(including Knossos) as imperial colonies. Early converts to Christianity, the
Cretans slipped into the shadows of the Byzantine world; the island was pulled
back into the light in 1204, when the Venetians broke up the Byzantine Empire
and took over Crete. The Venetians made the island a major colonial outpost,
revived trade and agriculture, and eventually built quite elaborate structures.
By the late 1500s, the Turks were conquering the Venetians' eastern Mediterranean
possessions and, in 1669, captured the last major holdout on Crete: the city
of Candia, now Iraklion. Cretans suffered considerably under the Turks; although
some of Greece finally threw off the Turkish yoke in the late 1820s, Crete was
left behind. A series of rebellions marked the rest of the 19th century, resulting
in the Great Powers sponsoring a sort of independent Crete in 1898.
Finally in 1913, Crete was for the first time formally joined to Greece. Crete
had yet another cameo role in history when the Germans invaded it in 1941 with
gliders and parachute troops; the ensuing occupation was another low point for
the people of Crete.
Since 1945, Crete has advanced amazingly in the economic sphere, powered by
its agricultural products as well as by its tourist industry. Not all Cretans
are pleased by the development but all would agree that, for better or worse,
Crete owes much to its history.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Candia Park Village
Hera Village Aparthotel
Santa Marina Hotel
Iberostar Creta Marine
Iberostar Creta Mare
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