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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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  • Visited the monastery during our stay on Crete last week. What a humbling place bearing witness to a very sad chapter in Cretan history. Very much worth a visit, you won't leave unimpressed by the bra...  more »
  • Well worth the trip, very interesting. The problem being there are so many things to see on the island.  more »
  • The drive up to the monastery is nice and scenic and so are the view when you arrive. The monastery has a history which is probably going to make quite a strong impression.  more »