Starting our short journey at the wider area of Chania Monasteries, we reach the site of Profhetes Elias at Akrotiri, where there exist the Venizelos Graves. From this location, the view of Chania is superb. Historically, the place is of significant importance taking into account the fact that it hosted the revolutionary armed forces which realized the autonomy of Crete from the Turkish rule back in 1897. Furthermore, it is the burial place of two of the most important political figures of Greece during the 20th century, Eleftherios Venizelos and his son, Sophoklis.
Eleftherios Venizelos is considered to the most prominent politician of Greece since its independence. He acted as a prime minister on several occasions between 1910 and 1933 and his era, was marked by the doubling of the Greek nation in terms of both area and population. Sophoklis Venizelos has also been a member of the greek government during the years that followed WorldWar II and became prime minister on three occasions.