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Sacred Monastery of Arkadi, Rethymnon

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#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in Rethymnon Prefecture
Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • This is a must-see attraction of Crete and you should also go to the cafe there and enjoy the view. Then go to Margarites village and see the pottery as well. Beautiful and historical monument!  more »
  • It is worth to visit this important place for the Cretans. Not only because the landscape up there, but also for what it represents.
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  • Another landmark building, very great and definitely worth going. Absolutely dugout, ego den there.
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  • Great bit of Cretan history and a great drive up with lovely views. Entrance is cheap at 3euros and the main courtyard is really picturesque.
  • Beautiful piece of Crete history. Everyone should take the time to visit this place.
  • Very moving. Fantastic, a must see!
  • The most beautiful place, 3 € admission.
  • Nice monastery, a must see in Crete

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A growing number of visitors to Rethymnon choose to stay in one of the surrounding villages, where air-conditioned rooms near well-developed beaches cost considerably less than in the city itself. The elegant guesthouses just outside town provide a quiet night's sleep, as well as quick access to good shopping and dining options. If you prefer to stay in the thick of things, book a room near the city's Venetian port, a lively area that's just a walk away from the center's major attractions.
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