About the Graves of the Greek leader Venizelos and his FamilyAt the edge of the city of Akrotiri, heading towards the peninsula of the same name, lies the tomb of Eleftherios Venizelos. He was one of the leaders of the Cretan uprising in 1897, which led to the expulsion of the Ottoman Turks from the island.
Then, at the beginning of the 20th century, Eleftherios Venizelos, who came from Crete, became prime minister of Greece and one of the most important Greek leaders in history. He remains an important cultural hero to this day on on the islands of Crete.
As the leader of the Greek nation he was a nationalist and renewed the vision of a "Great Greece." He dreamed and called upon the Greeks to renew the greatness of Byzantium and restore the city to its former glory.
However he wasn't invested in the art, culture, or legal grandeur. His first and foremost concern was reestablishing the "Byzantine empire," that is, the conquest of territories. Equipped with this belief, he led Greece to annex parts of Bulgaria and Turkey and in retrospect brought about the expulsion of the Greeks from Asia Minor.
The tomb of Venizelos has a magnificent view of the entire town of Chania and the Akrotiri Peninsula.