Kandanos


Kandanos

Infobox Greek Dimos
name = Kandanos
name_local = Κάνδανος
periph = Crete
prefec = Chania


population = 1607
population_as_of = 2001
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lat_deg = 35
lat_min = 20
lon_deg = 23
lon_min = 44
postal_code = 730 04
area_code = 28230
licence = ΧΝ, XB
mayor = Eftichios Daskalakis
website = [http://www.chania.gr/dimoishow.jsp?lang=en&id=12 Kandanos Website]


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Kandanos or Kantanos ( _el. Κάνδανος or Κάντανος) is a town and municipality in the west of the island of Crete, Greece. It is part of the Selino province which covers the southwest of the island in Chania Prefecture. The town has 564 residents.

History

Kandanos has been settled since the Jurassic period.The town and surrounding area suffered particularly badly from German occupation during World War II. During the Battle of Crete, resistance fighters had held advancing German soldiers for two days, preventing them from reaching Paleochora to secure it. In retribution the occupiers razed the village to the ground and erected a sign: "Here stood Kandanos, destroyed in retribution for the murder of 25 German soldiers, never to be rebuilt again."

The town was rebuilt however, and the sign retained in a war memorial. Several of the Byzantine churches and their frescoes were restored. Germany donated a waterworks after the war to the village and former soldiers stationed there returned in reconciliation.

There is a health center, a police station, a bank branch, a post-office and some stores, taverns and cafes in the village. The municipality also includes 28 villages, like Anisaraki, Koufalotos, Plemeniana, Kadhros, Kakodiki and Floria.

ee also

*List of communities of Chania

External links

* [http://www.chania.gr/dimoishow.jsp?lang=en&id=12 Municipality description]
* [http://www.gtp.gr/LocPage.asp?id=838&SearchType= GTP description]


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