Rethymnon. (...) A few steps further is the Petichaki Square, which is at the very centre of things. It features the famous Rimondi Fountain, a Venetian fountain of historic significance with three lion heads. Water is still running from their mouths, offering the worn out traveller relief from the heat of the day. Some of the best coffee bars in town are concentrated here, and from the break of day till late at night they are never empty of their young clientele. All around the square, the streets are full of shops and, more than any place in town, they are bustling with activity.
East of the Petichaki Square, at the end of Palaiologou street, is the Venetian Lotzia (40), an elegant building of the end of the 16th century where the Venetian lords met and had fun or carried on their business.South of the Petichaki Square, at the end of Vernardou street, is the Nerantze Mosque . The building started out as a Venetian church dedicated to Santa Maria, but in 1657 it was converted to a mosque and acquired a roof and three wonderful domes and the highest minaret in town. (The minaret survives to this day and must certainly offer the best view in town, but unfortunately you can’t go up there, because they say it isn’t very stable!) In 1925, the building was christened “the St. Nickolas church” - though it was never used as such - and today it houses the Rethimno conservatory. If you happen to pass by and catch a few notes from a practising musician, go inside and take a seat. You will enjoy some fine music at a place designed to create an out-of this-world sensation.