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Sacred Monastery of Arkadi, Rethymnon
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Resembling a fortress, the Eastern Orthodox Sacred 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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Sacred Monastery of Arkadi and many more Rethymnon attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Rethymnon vacation route planner.
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  • The visit of a monastery is not my cup of tea. But I would keep a great memory of this place. For the beauty of the site but also for the strange emotion which emerges. A very nice surprise
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  • every body have to visit this place its aplace of legend ..of history 150 years ago almost 1000 cretran heroes give their lifes for the freedom 
  • Worth to visit the only sanctuaries Arkadiou, or any daily day or even better Easter! great monastery is located just 23 km from Rethymno and irwikotero was part of resistance against the Turks in 1866
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