The fort still known with its Turkish name, Firca (Firka = barracks) was built in order to protect the entrance of the harbour. A thick chain from Firca to the base of the light-house closed the harbour in case of siege. The inside area was divided into barracks and ammunition warehouses. Over the door of the first floor there is the following inscription : "ALOYSIUS BRAGADEUS PROVISOR CYDONIAE M. DCXX". Firca was used as military barracks and a prison. The flag of the Unification of Crete to Greece was symbolically raised on the corner watch-tower on 1st December 1913.

Accomodation is to be arranged by the participants. Below there is a list of four recommented hotels with special rates obtained by the organizers.

There is also more information concerning other hotels in the city, available here. All participants are strongly encouraged to arrange their accomodation as soon as possible.