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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 Monastery is a particularly special location in Greek history. It has carefully preserved the location where many Cretan women and children sacrificed themselves rather than surrender to the Ottom...  more »
  • Very beautiful place! Be sure to visit! People don't so much comfortable to resemble, look. There are open cells, you can look and find out how they lived/live monks. On territory grow beautiful roses, a lot of the history monks, good-natured, fit themselves blagoslavljajut. The weather was fairly cool and rainy, but it absolutely does not prevent, a lot of interesting things you can see inside. When you log on, you can take the brochure in Russian. Entrance 3 euros.
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  • If you find yourself in Rethymno is worth to visit the Arkadi monastery, located about 20 km outside the town. This is the sacred Itself founded by a monk named Arcadion, located above the Gorge and connecting the provinces of Rethymno-Mylopotamos-Amari.
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