Arkadi monastery marks a very tragic event in Cretan history. The monastery is located amongst some beautiful rolling hills and plains, about 20 minutes drive from Rethymnon. Take the time to learn about the history and explore the beautiful monastery and its surroundings. There is a small fee to get in but its worth it.
Wonderful place, full of history. Beatiful church and iconas. The view from the monadtery is impressive too. Nice museum.
This Eastern Orthodox Monastery (Church and compound) built in venetian architecture looks like a fortress and sits on top of a fertile plateau about a half-hour drive south of Rethymno.In addition to the beautiful structures, the vegetation, the icons, frescos etc.. the place is charged with emotion. This site played an exemplary role in the Cretan resistance to Ottoman rule. In 1866 after three days of battle, the 964 Greeks of mostly women and children (that had sought refuge in the monastery) blew up barrels of gunpowder choosing to sacrifice themselves rather than surrender; 846 died, the rest made prisoners while 3 or 4 did manage to escape.This place is really worth the trip!
if you like history then it is worth a trip to go and see it they have a shop were you can buy there articals they make all the things in the shop them selves
We took the little yellow train, its a great way to see the sights, and to get to know the history of the country.
It was a gray and rainy day, when we visited the monastery. And made lots of pictures. It is a beautiful building, with lots of flowers, old walls, and other photogenic artifacts. Historically it is an important building, a lot of men with big mustaches died there...
Cute little monastery about half an hour outside Rethimno,nice for a gentle wander around , but really it is a good job it is only euro 2.5, as there is not a lot to engage you after about 30 minutes.
The Arkadi monastery is in a beautiful site on the mountain. It is the place where people decided to sacrifice themselves in order to avoid being enslaved by the Turks.
Both the monastery and its compound are delightful examples of Venetian architecture and are a nice break from the Byzantine. The picturesque twin gabled monastery contains fine icons and frescos. The monastery is the historic site of a mass suicide in defence against the Turks and is commemorated in a separate memorial. Entrance fee is €2.50.
We visited here as my other half was interested in learning some history whilst on holiday.. It's not really my thing but went along obviously! The drive there is really pretty. There is a small fee to get in and the place itself has been restored well. It was a lovely hot day when we went but it wasn't over crowded or anything. For me the let down was that there was very little information on the place when we got there like dates and explanations of the history of the place - unless we were completely blind and missed it? We ended up having to Google it which kind of felt like it made the visit a bit pointless.