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.
Tours To Monastery of Arkadi
Private Tour Crete: Walk the old town of Rethymno, Arkadi Monastery, Lake Kourna BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $289
Duration: 8 hours
Private pottery lesson with a local, Melidoni cave and traditional lunch BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $151
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Monastery of Arkadi Reviews
Set in the hills above Rethymno well worth the drive up there, or you can take the bus. Hard to imagine just how recent the huge battles against the Turkish invaders was. Look out for special events..... more »
If you are not on a tour it is essential to read up the history of this place before you visit. Not only was the monastery founded in the 13th century it was the scene of a tragic event during the... 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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