This Ottoman fortress in Aptera Crete was built in 1867 by the Turkish govenor of Crete at that time. The fortress was built by the Turks after the Cretan Revolution of 1866. It was part of a system of towers and fortresses to control passage to Chania. Its strategic and picturesque placement overlooks Souda Bay and Fort Intzedin below. Aptera Fortress was the largest of its era, and is a representative sample of forting architecture of the 19th century. The current good condition of the fort is due to the excellent workmanship of its walls.