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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  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • August 17, 2017
    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 »
  • August 17, 2017
    Very nice monastery with a strong history. The leaflet explains the history of this place. Nice site.
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  • June 11, 2017
    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.
  • May 31, 2017
    Beautiful piece of Crete history. Everyone should take the time to visit this place.
  • June 5, 2017
    Very moving. Fantastic, a must see!
  • June 10, 2017
    The most beautiful place, 3 € admission.
  • June 9, 2017
    Nice monastery, a must see in Crete

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