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Moni Preveli Monastery, Rethymnon

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Preveli is a location on the south coast of the Greek island of Crete, in the Rethymno regional unit, notable for its historic monastery.Preveli MonasteryThe Holy Stavropegiac and Patriarchal Preveli Monastery of St. John the Theologian, known as the Monastery of Preveli, comprises two main building complexes, the ruined Lower Monastery of St. John the Baptist, and the currently operational Upper (Rear) Monastery of St. John the Theologian.The monastery was probably founded in the Middle Ages, during the occupation of Crete by the Republic of Venice, its founder being a feudal lord named Prevelis. It developed over several centuries as a religious and cultural centre for the local population. After the Ottoman Turkish occupation of the island, Abbot Melchissedek Tsouderos led a group of rebels in the Greek War of Independence in 1821, one result of which was that the monastery was destroyed, but later rebuilt. In 1866 and 1878, the monastery was again active in organising rebellions against the Turks, which helped contribute to Crete's eventual independence and then its political union with Greece.In the Battle of Crete in 1941, Agathangelos Lagouvardos helped supply British, Australian and New Zealand troops on the island, and provided shelter for them. A group of Australian soldiers protected by the monastery managed to secure their rescue by submarine from the island at Preveli Beach. After this was discovered, the Lower Monastery was destroyed by German forces.
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  • Unexplored Crete, so called from the Muzenidis tour during which you can visit the monastery, very nice atmosphere, all visitors have the option of Giving to venerate the cross. At the monastery, there is a small exhibition about the establishment of the monastery, where you can buy homemade olive oil and weaving (monks) of thread bracelets, after visiting the monastery Valley (there's Church), a posh lunch and bathing in the Libyan Sea!
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  • מנזר פרבלי ממוקם על מדרון הר גבוה כשהוא משקיף אל הים הלובי. מנזר פרבלי הוקם כנראה בתקופת הכיבוש הוונציאני בשנת 1594 השנה החקוקה על פעמון המנזר,אך נמצאו עדויות על המצאות מנזר כבר במאה העשירית. בזמן הכי...  more »
  • In this monastery were more than five times each time we arrive as the first very good atmosphere inside the monastery Priest in church pulls out a cross with a piece of the cross of Christ and grace on several occasions the father gave postcards with a cross and the monastery around the monastery offers a magnificent view of the sea and surrounding countryside, the hotel is also next to the beach of preveli, but it's hard to go down-or rather climb back
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