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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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  • Very nice place, great views, a quiet perfect, a beautiful monastery between sea and mountain, which is worth the detour!
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  • The monastery is situated in a nice location and where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the sea. Renovated and well kept. Beautiful church in sile. Mostly found items of interest, but not the charm of so many other monasteries on the island.
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  • The monastery is maintained in excellent condition. The elachistoi monks are very friendly and willing to inform us about the history of the monastery and the Holy relics. The location exudes a serenity and a magnitismo, and the view of the Libyan Sea Pelagoy unique.
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