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“Beautiful and historic place”

Sacred Monastery of Arkadi
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Cretan Monasteries, Villages and Countryside Small Group Day Trip with Meal
Ranked #2 of 82 things to do in Rethymnon
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London, United Kingdom
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198 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Beautiful and historic place”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

I went to the 16th century Monastery of Arkadi on the little red train, the Talos Express - a slow and not very comfortable ride taking a slightly circuitous route to pick up more passengers along the coast road then making the 500m climb up into the hills. It took over one and half hours each way and we only had an hour there. I wished I had caught the local bus and been able to spend longer looking around.
Arkadi Monastery has great historical and spiritual significance. There is a beautiful church dedicated to St Constantine and St Helen, and the buildings of the monastery set around a courtyard. Outside the walls there is a very interesting ossuary where the skulls of the martyrs of the martyrs of the 1866 siege when Turkish forces were set against the local inhabitants who had taken refuge in the monastery.
There is a cafe but can't comment on this as didn't make use of it.
I would certainly like to go again and spend longer here. Very atmospheric place even with all the tourists.

Visited October 2013
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“Arcadi monestery Crete”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Very interesting history and attractive building. Plenty of car parking and a small cafe serving drinks.

Visited October 2013
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Stratford upon Avon
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“Caves”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

Another hidden gem it well worth going into the cave did not realise how big it was, wonderful lighting effect.

Visited September 2013
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Stratford upon Avon
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“Peaceful”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

Stunning monastery and wonderful views from the cafe where we served by very friendly staff. A very interesting place to visit.

Visited September 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Peaceful and inspirational”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

This place was not busy when we visited so you can appreciate the calm of the place. There is good information around so you can appreciate the history associated with the site.

Visited October 2013
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