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“A very calm and serene location, immaculately kept”

Souda Bay War Cemetery
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Souda
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Suda Bay War Cemetery is located approximately 5 km east from the centre of Chania (Xania). There are now 1,500 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 776 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate a number of casualties believed to be buried among them. The cemetery also contains 19 First World War burials brought in from Suda Bay Consular Cemetery, 1 being unidentified. There are also 7 burials of other nationalities and 37 non-war burials.
Bromley, United Kingdom
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211 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
“A very calm and serene location, immaculately kept”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

We came to the Commonwealth War Graves (CWG) Cemetery at Souda Bay before heading for the German Cemetary at Maleme. There were quite a few contrasts.
The driving directions on the CWG website were very poor; they assumed you were coming from the centre of Chania, with no description if you were coming from the east as we were. In contrast, the directions for the German Cemetery were very clear.
The CWG didn't have much by way of information, the German one had plenty of information in 3 languages (German, Greek, English). It would be nice if the CWG could spend some money on a little more information to be displayed
There is parking for about 6 cars; whereas the German Cemetery had space for a dozen tour buses as well as 30 cars.
The CWG didn't have any public toilet facilities (whereas the German Cemetery did).
The layout is excellent because of the variety of flowers between each gravestone; it isn't all the same.
Whilst we were there 2 local ladies arrived to tidy up the flowers.
There was 1 other couple visiting, and when I went to talk with them I realised they were probably German.

Visited May 2014
Thank kapple999
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Burnham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Very moving”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Gorgeous location and incredibly peaceful and moving. Roses and other plants and flowers are growing in between all of the headstones. Definitely worth a visit to reflect

Visited May 2014
1 Thank jo1jo
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A time to reflect and thank our brave ancestors”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

It took ages to find as the signposts were not very clear, or forthcoming, but once we found it, it was truly worthwhile. A beautifully maintained garden for brave men from the allied forces with flowers planted by the graves and manicured lawns. We visited on 18th May and the anniversary of the German paratroopers was 21st May so it was more poignant to be there at that time and pay respect to these men that made our lives what they are today.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank wendywoo359
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A Beautiful Resting Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

We were amazed at how beautiful this resting place was for the young men who died fighting in a country that most of them would never have heard of. The grounds are so well kept and we should be grateful for the way they are maintained by the local people. I then read a previous comment (and she is right, I did not find it at all acceptable) that "this beautiful place, is wasted on the dead laid to rest here". I found this to be so disrespectful to the families who either lost their sons, brothers or fathers in this war who maybe have visited this cemetery or read this review on Trip Advisor. Where did she want them buried, on a piece of waste land or rubbish dump. I am sorry if I am going on but I am so angry at her offensive remarks. All I can say, is Arlington Cemetery hidden away on some scrap of land and not a beautiful place!!!!!!!!

Visited May 2014
1 Thank norfolkducks
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Leuven, Belgium
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64 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A place to be in silence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

A place to visit to remember all who died for our freedom! Please respect the silence and think about those who fought for freedom.

Visited April 2014
2 Thank Koen F
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