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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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  • Beautiful monastery overlooking the sea of Libya with as in almost all of the monasteries a very nice garden. A lot of very nice icons.
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  • The drive to the Monastery from Rethymnon is beautiful and stunning, on the way you will pass a memorial to soldiers through history on a hill overlooking the sea; quite moving. The Monastery has a ri...  more »
  • After an impressive road through a mountain gorge, you can reach the monastery. Curious to see the monastery farm Apiary, poultry house, Olive Garden. Ancient icons in the Church. Shop at the monastery-icons, oil, honey. Closed during lunch hours for visits-specify time. We had to wait almost an hour of opening, there is a café with a main tourist set of beverages. Pretty specific platform in front of the monastery.
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