Yiali Tzami Mosque – Chania, Crete – Photo

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This former mosque which sits on the harbor in Chania testifies to the Muslim influence on the island during its rule by the Ottoman empire. This particular mosque was built by the Ottoman Turks after the conquest of Crete in 1649 and is named Yiali Tzami (or Giali Tzami). The six domed structure lost its minaret in the early 20th century.

At the outbreak of the Greek war for independence as much as 45% of the population of the island may have been Muslim. The mosque closed in 1923 when the Turks left the island as part of a plan to repatriate Greeks from Turkey and Turks from Greece. The former mosque is now used for art exhibitions.

See more about Chania in Travel to Chania, Crete (Greece) – Video Episode 59

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

2 Responses to “Yiali Tzami Mosque – Chania, Crete – Photo”



Hi, typo here:

“At the outbreak of the Greek war for independence in the 1980s”



What you don’t remember that war? πŸ˜‰

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