Monastery of Arkadi, Rethymnon

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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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  • A peaceful, sad place when you read the history. This helps to understand the Cretan mentality of fierce pride and independence. Snack bar outside is very welcome on hot days, beautiful views down....  more
    A peaceful, sad place when you read the history. This helps to understand the Cretan mentality of fierce pride and independence. Snack bar outside is very welcome on hot days, beautiful views down....  more »
  • The road to get at the monastery is beautiful and impressive. Once you arrive the small monastery is beautiful the historical stories will impress you and will make you understand the significance... 
    The road to get at the monastery is beautiful and impressive. Once you arrive the small monastery is beautiful the historical stories will impress you and will make you understand the significance...  more »
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  • Must see! One of the best places to see in Crete. Well maintained ruins, rich history, and a small museum. Great view.
  • A beautiful and haunting place. Easy to reach by mini bus from Rethynmo. As of writing this there is one bus per day only Monday-Friday. It departs Rethynmo main station at 13:55 and the return leaves the monastery at 16:10. It leaves you about 90 minutes for a visit which is perfect. Also the cats are absolutely adorable and love attention. Highly recommend a visit.

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