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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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  • A beautiful monastery, today calm and soothing, which has had a turbulent and sometimes terrible history which he still carries the traces... See
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  • The monastery of Arkadi is Close to Rimondi Grand. It is located almost 12 km from the hotel Rimondi. The monastery played an active role in the Creta resistance of Ottoman rule during the Cretan revo...  more »
  • Situated on a beautiful location, is famous for the sacrifice they died about 1000 Greek citizens not to surrender to the Greeks, now is a revered national monument. The 16th century Church of Venetian origin. Fascinating and charming location of the monastery within the island
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