Arkadi Monastery - details and images

Arkadi Monastery is one of the most famous and beloved Orthodox monasteries in Crete, Greece, being located only 23 kilometers south-east of Rethymnon town. Arkadi Monastery is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves with.

Their monastery occupies an important role in the history of Crete, hence starting to gain momentum independence of the island, under the Ottoman yoke for over two centuries. In 1866, Arkadi monastery was used as a place of refuge by Cretan rebels.

Central church of the monastery dating from the fourteenth century, but significant building works and building were made in the XVI century. The church is baroque architectural style tributary, Western-style renaissance, more rare in Crete. Destroyed by the Turks in 1866, the church will be rebuilt at some time afterwards. The church has two symmetrical ships, situated in the center court. Arkadi monastery in the entire complex is surrounded with a strong defensive wall, which gives an air of fortress.

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