Inside the Old Port of Chania, at the end of the 17 shipyards and towards the west is a magnificent building, the Grand Arsenal. Its construction starting about 1585 by the General Provisioner Alvise Grimani, however the Grand Arsenal has changed occasionally thus having specific features which justify the name “Grand”.
In approximately 1872, during the Turkish occupation began a new era for the Great Arsenal. At its gates was housed the Christian Community School and at times it has hosted theater performances, it has also been used as a public hospital as well as City Hall.
Today it has been renovated completely and turned into a stunning space for events and exhibitions. It hosts major events with an emphasis on architecture.