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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  • We visited this around sunset on a windy day. It’s a bit of a drive from Rethymnon but well worth it. And if you’re lucky you’ll have a little dog as your guide.  more »
  • Very nice place, which is a moving testimony of the Cretan resistance against the invaders... Historical and sacred must see place!...
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  • Arkadi monastery-a very meaningful place for the Greeks having sizzling story, but the visit does not cause severe draught. On the contrary, a very beautiful and interesting place: memorable architecture, beautiful territory, many colors, expositions and some sort of good and lightly solemn atmosphere. Drove there from Rethymnon on the yellow train, admire the beautiful views, passed villages, fields, olive groves, gradually rising up the monastery is located on the slopes of Mount Ida. Stopped for photo opportunities, on the return trip visited a beautiful village. During a trip on 4 audio guide worked languages, all shown and explained. Got a big kick out of walking, all recommend.
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  • Amazing monastery full of sacrifice and important history moments of the Cretan people. A MUST SEE IF YOU ARE IN CRETE!
  • It's a nice & interesting place to visit or walk around. It's also an important landmark in the Orthodox church. We really enjoyed to the max , and we advice others to visit it and listen to their great historical stories.
  • 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.
  • A historical monastery full of memories and pride of local people that were sacrificed by choosing to burn their selves instead of surrendering to the conqueror. The view of the green fields and old buildings is epic.
  • Its one of the most important history of crete where you should definitely visit! Except of its natural beauty you will find out a lot on what was going on in crete when the turks was there and what they did the people that was holding there to free themselfes from the turks. There are lots of stuff to see and as well to learn the history of Arkadi Monastery and ofcourse Crete !
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