Monastery of Arkadi, Rethymnon

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Religious Site · Landmark
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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  • My partner and I decided to visit this monastery on a whim, as we wanted to have a mountain drive with a purpose. What a wonderful experience. The monastery and walled garden arr outstanding and has.....  more »
  • awesome place full of history well worth the visit when you read the story about what happened wow & look out for the bullet in the tree  more »
  • 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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