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Sacred Monastery of Arkadi

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Address: Rethymnon, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
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The monastery of Arkadi is Close to Rimondi Grand. It is located almost 12 km from the hotel Rimondi. The monastery played an active role in the Creta resistance of Ottoman rule... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The monastery of Arkadi is Close to Rimondi Grand. It is located almost 12 km from the hotel Rimondi. The monastery played an active role in the Creta resistance of Ottoman rule during the Cretan revolt. About 1000 greeks mostly women and children blew up barrels of gunpower choosing to sucrifice themselves rather than surrender.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

We are very interested in the history of Crete and this trip didn't disappoint. It was very moving reading about the events that happened here, such hardship and suffering. The atmosphere and aura were very calming. There are still monks living here. Be aware that is preferable to take something to wear over skimpy clothes as a mark of respect.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

If the day is hot or cold, you could always relax there...The place is scenic and there is always something to see. Very nice place and good trip.

Thank DanielLjubljana
Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

We travelled here on the road train from Platanias through stunning scenery, beautiful friendly villages and dramatic gorges, with a witty and educational commentary from our guide. The monastery is beautiful, devout and holy, and very moving. You can feel the sadness in the stones and the museum tells the story of how strong and defiant the human spirit can... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

My husband and I hiked to the monastery along a narrow winding road on a cold day. The walk is scenic, and the monastery is impressive. The central church dates back to the 16th century and is quite charming. The monastery museum was recently redone and is quite good. The story of the monastery is sad, but helps you better... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

The Monastery is a particularly special location in Greek history. It has carefully preserved the location where many Cretan women and children sacrificed themselves rather than surrender to the Ottoman army. The gunpowder stained ruins of the room where they died are untouched. In addition to a Venetian-style church, the monastery also contains a museum with information about the history... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Content that i have been there, learning from the history, and prioud for the defiance of my ancestors. Really sacred and eternally free

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

A very historic place with an interesting legacy and background. Should definitely check for a guide there to learn the history of this place.

Thank Socratis T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

A great drive up and fascinating history that gives some understanding of Cretan culture. It is easy to spend an hour here and look out over the mountains.

Thank TZoono
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Before visiting this gorgeous monastery, please read about its history, about the horror that took place there... then you will be able to enjoy its peaceful beauty even more. Only three monks live there nowadays with a few cats who look very healthy and well fed!

Thank MichelleRaa

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