In the old days, city fountains were created in response to the problem of providing cities with drinking water. It was no different in Rethymno, where several Ottoman fountains and one built during the reign of the Venetians in Crete have been preserved to this day. Rimondi Fountain is known to all who visited this city. It is the only fountain from this period that has survived in this city to our times. Back then, it was an important part of the city's fresh water supply system.
The fountain, which was built in 1626, was founded by the then Venetian governor of this city, Mr. Alviso Rimondi. As you can guess, the fountain was named in his honor. However, some sources say that the fountain was built on the site of a former well, mentioned as early as 1588.
In Venetian times, the fountain along with the Loggia and the Clock Tower, which no longer exists today, marked the boundaries of the old Venetian square. Apparently, it was designed so that it structurally referred to St. Mark in Venice. This is not the only reference to Venice. Its direct symbol are also stone lion heads placed between columns topped with Corinthian capitals. Above them are the words that have survived to this day: Liberalitatis and Fontes . Water gushes from the lion's mouth to this day, so on the hot days of the Cretan summer many tourists look for refreshment here.
After Crete was taken over by the Turks, a roof with a dome was built over the fountain, which, however, did not fully survive to this day. The dome was partially destroyed in 1913 during the passage of a car carrying the then Prime Minister of Greece Eleftherios Venizelos. The limousine turned out to be too big for the narrow streets of Rethymno.
Over time, the Rimondi fountain has become one of the tourist attractions of Rethymno and one of the symbols of this city. Located in the very center of the Old Town, it attracts many tourists in high season. There are plenty of cafes, tavernas and shops in its vicinity, so a lot of people pass by during the day. To take a picture of the fountain itself, you need to be patient and quickly take advantage of the moment when tourists disappear from the frame for literally a few seconds.
The fountain is located on the small Platanou Square.
St. Mark is one of the most recognizable buildings in Heraklion and at the same time one of the most important monuments of the city. This landmark building is located in front of the famous Morosini Lions Fountain in Eleftheriou Venizelou Square in the very center of Heraklion.