The village of Mournies is south of Chania, on the borders of the
city. Mournies is an historic village and has interesting Byzantine churches and
The village of Mournies took its name from the numerous mulberry trees, that exist here even today. At the beginning of the 17th century, Mournies was famous for its beautiful villas, belonging to local noblemen. One of them, located southeast of the village, was the imposing three level villa of "Koukounara", where many famous persons were received hospitality, amongst them the glorious Mme Ortans, the empress Eugene of Napoleon the third, queen Olga of Greece, and the king Constantinos in 1913.
Mournies was the birth place of one of the greatest statesman of the new Hellenic Republic,Eleftherios Venizelos. Venizelos' influence on the history of Greece was paramount, from his participation to the talks with the Ottomans that resulted to granting Crete independence in 1897, to the final union of Crete with Greece in 1913. The house of Venizelos located in Mournies is going to be a museum.
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