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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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  • The drive to this Monastery is beautiful and stunning! The Monastery has a rich history including a safety refuge during WWII occupation. The views are beautiful of the water below and the entire grou...  read more »
  • Straight from Rethymno to the monastery maintains very good almost straight road. We are not looking for the easy way, so when after several hours of vilânij on narrow serpentine we left to the monastery, the place is really fancied us to paradise-flat ground, date palms, monastery, clinging to the rocks, and yes even the Zoo on the territory of the monastery, where each began, and at the bottom, under the cliff, splashing the Libyan Sea. Entrance to the monastery is charged, information leaflets do not give, had to make do with the data that is in the Orange Guide and online. If you are lucky, you can settle down to Russian-speaking tours. On the territory of the monastery a Memorial stele in honor of events during the second world war, a small museum, the source of water, which guides recommend wash to wash away sins.
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  • Moni Preveli is a beautiful monastery to visit before going to Preveli Beach (Finikas Palm Beach); is in a nice location which dominates the surrounding countryside and the sea.
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