Halepa, located on the road leading east to Akrotiri, just 10 minutes by road from Chania, is one of the most noble and historic areas of Chania. It is famous for being the place where the "Agreement of Halepa" was signed between the Ottoman Empire and the representatives of the Cretan Assembly, within the framework of international Berlin Treaty.
In the early 19th century the affluent Chania inhabitants built their homes here and turned the suburb into a prestigious area with stunning villas, flowering gardens and tree lined roads, giving it a European character. Halepa established the General Secretary for Crete, the consuls of the Great Powers and the Saint Joseph French School of Nuns guild.
Eleftherios Venizelos also maintained his permanent residence (his summer house was built by his father, Kyriakos) here in the Halepa resort, which today houses the Eleftherios K. Venizelos National Research Foundation and the El. Venizelos Museum in Elena Venizelou Square. The Russian style church of Mary Magdelene, which was built by Prince George I, is located on Dagli Street.