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. Use our Rethymnon trip planner to add Sacred Monastery of Arkadi and other attractions to your Rethymnon vacation plans.
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  • Stumbled upon this beautiful monastery where everything is neat and meticulous attention to detail. The entrance has a minimal cost and the monastery shop sells honey produced in the monastery! Beautiful!
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  • We have been there after Cnossos and must say it is a more interesting visit. You feel, you see and understand more about recent Cretan history and culture. Awesome place to see.  more »
  • Very nice monastery with a strong history. The leaflet explains the history of this place. Nice site.
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  • This is a beautiful building to walk round, even if you aren't interested in its history. If you are there are plaques in English as well as Greek to provide some background as well as some exhibits of bits and bobs from the time. It's a beautiful drive up there with some fantastic views.
  • Very interesting Monestry, with a very significant history for the freedom and independence of the Cretan population. It has a tranquil atmosphere and beauty despite the number of visitors.
  • Wonderful place with wonderful brother Efmanios. Wishing a very long life to my brothers!
  • Great attraction with a lot of history and a very symbolic location. Well worth a visit as it is very cheap at only €4 per admission.
  • Beautiful religious place with significant history for the Greek nation. Very well organised, the garden is exquisite and so are the cats!

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