Monastery of Arkadi, Rethymnon

4.6
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Resembling a fortress, the Eastern Orthodox 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 Monastery of Arkadi and other attractions to your Rethymnon vacation plans.
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  • We came with friends on the day of their wedding, disappointed that we were forbidden to take pictures, and we went for photos, with one to be photographed, you can, and in a wedding dress and a costume can not ... at the same time did not explain why, but constantly followed us by a man who told everyone around him that would follow us and we did not take pictures ((((((and so beautiful nature inside ... The road to the monastery is excellent and picturesque)
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  • A great sight with a great history. We paid for the 3 € entrance fee, because the monastery complex has already appealed to us from the outside. Even in the exhibition inside you will not be disappointed. Absolutely worth seeing.
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  • Beautiful ruins with a sad but interesting story. Great view around the monastery. Also there is a cafe next to it with kids playground and some animals. Here you can sit and relax a bit. Better come in the morning before it gets crowded.
  • Really interesting place, beautiful with a dark history, odd feeling. Were the monks warriors? They looked fearsome with all there guns and knifes (old pics as you walk through) Pity human beings always have to fight one another?
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