The Venetian Port of Chania is the city’s trademark and its busiest and most photographed spot. Built, by Venetians, in the 14th century to conduct their maritime trade and combat piracy. During Ottoman rule, the Venetian Port was left to chance until the 19th century when the Egyptians occupied the area and reconstructed the harbour and its lighthouse. Late 19th century sees a gradual decline in its use due to incompatibility with the ever-larger ships of the time. This marks the start of transferring all services to the natural port of Souda.