Monastery of Arkadi, Rethymnon

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Religious Site · Landmark
Resembling a fortress, the Eastern Orthodox Monastery of Arkadi served as an important site of Cretan resistance against the Ottoman rule. During the Cretan revolt of 1866, women, the elderly, and children sought refuge from battle in the monastery's powder room. When the Ottomans reached the powder room, the hidden Cretans lit the gunpowder, killing themselves, as well as many Turkish soldiers. Explore this important national site and admire the varied architecture of the complex. Make sure to spend time in the 16th century church. The striking construction was heavily influenced by Renaissance art. Take care to be respectful of the many pilgrims who come here for spiritual reasons. Use our Rethymnon trip planner to add Monastery of Arkadi and other attractions to your Rethymnon vacation plans.
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  • 6. 9. 2020 Everything has already been written in the positive reviews before me. This monastery is really worth a visit and a walk. More youtube travel video PSIS-visit. Iva + Petr CZ Prague.  more »
  • the monastery is very beautiful, but what took my breath away was the ineresting story behind the monastery! worth a visit!!  more »
  • My partner and I decided to visit this monastery on a whim, as we wanted to have a mountain drive with a purpose. What a wonderful experience. The monastery and walled garden arr outstanding and has.....  more »
  • Beautiful ruins with a sad but interesting story. Great view around the monastery. Also there is a cafe next to it with kids playground and some animals. Here you can sit and relax a bit. Better come in the morning before it gets crowded.
  • Really interesting place, beautiful with a dark history, odd feeling. Were the monks warriors? They looked fearsome with all there guns and knifes (old pics as you walk through) Pity human beings always have to fight one another?
  • Interesting place to visit. Important place for history of Crete. Worth to read some before visit. Place accessible for people on wheel chairs. Not everywhere but to see around.
  • Nice monastery on the top of the hill. It has been well preserved unlike the tragedy it has been going through in the early ages. Interesting story but I won’t spoil the fun. It is a real must see and worth the amazing trip in the mountains.
  • One of the more historic sites to visit in the region. The church in the center has a fascinating amount of art work you must see. The story behind what happened to the occupants of the monastery during an attack is mesmerizing and the traces of this can be witnessed in well preserved buildings. Worth several visits.

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