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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$320 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Tour in Crete, Old Town of Rethymno, Monastery of Arkadi, Lake Kourna
Duration: 8 hours
Monastery of Arkadi reviews
Loved this monastery but what we really enjoyed was touring the spectacular Amari Valley afterwards. We stopped in Thronos to visit the 11th-century church of the Panagia which has frescoes and...
Loved this monastery but what we really enjoyed was touring the spectacular Amari Valley afterwards. We stopped in Thronos to visit the 11th-century church of the Panagia which has frescoes and... more »
We enjoyed visiting the church and the surrounding buildings of this active monastery, but the high point for us was the museum. In addition to the usual religious art, tapestries, vestments, and...
We enjoyed visiting the church and the surrounding buildings of this active monastery, but the high point for us was the museum. In addition to the usual religious art, tapestries, vestments, and... 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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