Koum Kapi
Chania, Crete 

Koum Kapi is a district of the city of Chania, located just outside the eastern walls of the old town of Chania.

Along the seaside road of Miaouli Coast in Koum Kapi, there are cafes, restaurants and bars, all by the sea and overlooking the endless blue of the Cretan Sea.

So, think about Koum Kapi as an additional place for a stroll just outside the old town of Chania, and a couple of hundred meters away of the old harbour of Chania.


Sabbionara
Bastion & Gate      

At the northeastern part of Chania, the Venetians created an artificial peninsula entirely into the sea and built a bastion over it, the Sabbionara bastion   1  , which means "Bastion of sand." 

The lion emblem of St. Mark, as well as the coats of arms still adorns the south side of the bastion.

A bit south of the bastion the Venetians also built a gate leading to the sandy beach, just outside the walled city, the so-called Porta Sabbionara   2   which means "Gate of Sand."

The "Porta Sabbionara" of the Venetians
The "Kum Kapi" of the Turks

The current name of the Koum Kapi district has been preserved since the Turkish rule in Chania.

When the Turks conquered Chania, found the Venetian Porta Sabbionara leading to the sandy shore. So they specified the area named it as "Kum Kapi" which in Turkish language means "Gate of Sand."

The Gate of Sand is the only of the three gates of the Venetian fortifications that exist today at the intersection of Epimenidou street and Miaouli street, partly modified during the Turks period.

The amendment is seen within the gate, where it was partially built to reduce its internal dimensions, and also a part of the gate on its seaside was demolished.

Today, the small interior of the Sabbionara gate in Koum Kapi, is used as a cultural exhibition hall.



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