Hania’s historic square on Crete is set for revamp

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A €3.2 million initiative to revamp a prominent public square in downtown Hania, Crete, is set to begin, with local authorities aiming to create a more accessible environment while boosting nearby businesses.

According to ekathimerini.com, the redevelopment plans for the 1866 Square, show that the entire area will be repaved and the sidewalks abolished, allowing full access for wheelchairs and baby strollers without the need of ramps.

Photo: Ilias Nikolarakis

Additionally, there will be a shady promenade with benches in the center of the square, and the streets will become low-speed zones, restricting vehicle speeds to a maximum of 20 kilometers per hour.

The square was named in honor of the revolution of the Cretans (1866-1869) against the Ottoman Turks, which culminated with the holocaust of Arkadi. It is located immediately after the end of the old city in the southwestern part of the Venetian Walls. 

Source: ekathimerini.com

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