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Sacred Monastery of Arkadi, Rethymnon

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • You should visit this monastery. The drive up to it was great. You should read up on the history of this monastery, then you will understand why you need to visit this beautiful place. It takes about ...  read more »
  • Nice place with a strong history. An important place for Greeks. However, there is not too much to watch.
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  • That is, a beautiful outside. And as a souvenir shop anywhere. Take a scarf with it otherwise you have to something to that all anyone has worn ...;
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