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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  • the temple was built in 1587 during the era of Venetian rule in Crete. At the Museum of the Holy monastiriou banner of revolution, church utensils and gold-embroidered vestments ... I payed every visitor ....
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  • has see, there is more monk or shortly since I've not seen, but you can see the Chapel, and it is a historical place for the Cretan.
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  • We all love Crete for its lovely beaches, great gastronomy, archaelogical remains of ancien past...Arcadi monastery is must- see if you want to experience feedom loving spirit of its inhabitants. This...  more »
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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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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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