The Loggia was an essential public building in every Venetian city, and this institution was not absent even from Venice's colonies. For Candia, Loggia is considered to be one of the most elegant architectural monuments of the Venetian period, a representative example of the palladian style. During the Venetian period, Loggia was the official meeting place of sovereigns and nobility where they discussed various topics concerning economic, commercial, and political matters. It was also used as a place where people passed their time, something like a combination of a chamber and a gentlemen's club. The Loggia we see today is the fourth one; others that were built before this were abandoned due to their position, or were made obsolete by time.

The last Loggia was built around 1628 by the ‘General Provisioner' Frangisko Morosini, known also by the homonymous fountain in the centre of the town. It is situated next to Armeria (the armoury where they used to keep guns and ammunition), and is a building of a rectangular type with two floors, with doric type columns on the ground floor and ionic ones on the first floor. At the corners of the building there were square columns. The space between the columns, on the ground floor, had a low parapet, while the middle was open and served as the main entrance leading onto 25th August St, known then by the name "Ruga Maistra".

After the fall of the city to the Turks, Loggia lost its old identity and glamour. The new conqueror did not feel the need of such a building and had it made into the seat of the high finance officer, Tefterdar, and the secretary general, who was a Christian officer, responsible for the matters that concerned the Christians and the Turkish authorities. The Tefterdar also had jurisdiction over the "Armeria" (the storeroom where they used to keep their guns), now called "tzephanes". The Loggia's adventure continued even after the liberation from the Turks. Click for FULL LINK...

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