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Kandanos centre
Kandanos centre
Kandanos is located in Greece
Coordinates: 35°20′N 23°44′E / 35.333°N 23.733°E / 35.333; 23.733Coordinates: 35°20′N 23°44′E / 35.333°N 23.733°E / 35.333; 23.733
Country Greece
Administrative region Crete
Regional unit Chania
Municipality Kantanos-Selino
 • Municipal unit 73.1 km2 (28.2 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 1,118
 • Municipal unit density 15/km2 (40/sq mi)
 • Population 654 (2011)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 730 04
Area code(s) 28230
Vehicle registration ΧΝ, XB

Kandanos or Kantanos (Greek: Κάνδανος or Κάντανος) is a town and former municipality in the Chania regional unit, Crete, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Kantanos-Selino, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] The municipal unit has an area of 73.081 km2 (28.217 sq mi).[3] It was part of the former Selino Province which covered the southwest of the island. The town has 421 residents.[1]


Main article: Razing of Kandanos

The town of Kandanos and its 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.

International relations[edit]

Kandanos is twinned with:

Country Town Since
Slovakia Slovakia SŁO Kraj Bańskobystrzycki COA.svg Ostrý Grúň 1987
Djibouti Republic of Djibouti Coat of arms of Djibouti.svg Arta

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. 

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