Impressive for its size and shape the Public Market of Chania is built in the shape of a cross. It contains 76 shops grouped according to their wares in the four arms of the cross. The south façade is particularly well constructed out of chiseled limestone, in the architectural style of the local tradition, developed during the Venetian period. Its construction was completed in 1913. Consequently, the formal opening was made by Eleftherios Venizelos on 4th December 1913 as part of the celebrations for the Unification of Crete to Greece.
Historical overview of Municipal Market of Chania
Municipal Market of Chania nowadays
Τhe Municipal Market of Chania is still a majestic and imposing building. It houses shops selling vegetables, fish, meat, herbs and spices, Cretan products such as cheeses, olives, raki and more. Furthermore, in the summer months many shops sell tourist souvenirs. The market is open during normal shop hours. Most of all Monday, Wednesday, Saturday from 8.00 until 14.00 while Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8.00 until 21.00. It is closed Sundays (with some exceptions before Christmas and Easter).
Terra Olivia is a traditional shop located in the Public Market of Chania. Panayotis Klidaras is the owner of Terra Olivia and he has collected the best products of Crete and Greece only for his customers. You can find him on his shop all day long and he will be happy to serve you.