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Sacred Monastery of Arkadi, Rethymnon

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Religious Site
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 guidebook made it sound as though there wouldn't be that much to take up our time, but my boys loved running about the place, climbing up the various levels, and exploring the different rooms. The...  more »
  • We rented a car for a few day to explore inland and were pleased we came to this place as it was beautiful! The old monastery had heaps of history and the church inside was beautiful. The Rosegarden w...  more »
  • The old monastery of Arkadi is worth driving for. It is very old and have a very beautyful rosegarden. But stay away from the tarverna. The omelet is with old frenchfries and nothing else, even thou t...  more »
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  • Beautiful place
  • This place is great by its history, location, architecture. It's a must-see !
  • beautiful monastery and a lovely drive from Rethymno, well worth it!
  • A place that is a must when you visit beautiful Rethymno.
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