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Crete, Arkadi Monastery
It is located 20 km SE of Rethymno in a lush green landscape
full of oak trees, kermes oak trees, pine trees and vineyards.
Built in 1587, its architecture is influenced in various
ways by the early renaissance, the gothic and classic style
as well as the early baroque style. At first, it acquired
reputation as a center for copying Greek manuscripts, a
work the monks of the monastery had been in charge of. At
the same time, it was also renowned for the elaborately
embroidered canonicals it produced. On November 8th 1866
an army of 15,000 Turks equipped with 30 canons and under
the command of Souleiman Bey besieged the monastery, where
325 armed fighters with their wives and children (964 persons
in total including the monks) had found shelter. They blew
up the power ked so as not to become slaves of the enemy.
After the liberation the monastery was reconstructed according
to its original form. Therefore, the building the visitors
see today is not very different from the original one. The
monastery houses a museum with an exhibition of findings
from the "Arkadi holocaust", heirlooms, weapons,
icons, an ossuary, etc.
, , Rethymno
, Agios Nikolaos
, Agia Pelagia