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Crete Sights

Arkadi Monastery

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 09/04/2014

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A place of pilgrimage for Cretans, Arkadi is also one of the most stunning pieces of Renaissance architecture on the island. The ornate facade, decorated with Corinthian columns and an elegant belfry above, was built in the 16th century of a local, honey-color stone. In 1866 the monastery came under siege during a major rebellion against the Turks, and Abbot Gabriel and several hundred rebels, together with their wives and children, refused to surrender. When the Turkish

forces broke through the gate, the defenders set the gunpowder store afire, killing themselves together with hundreds of Turks. The monastery was again a center of resistance when Nazis occupied Crete during World War II.

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Sight Information


South of old Heraklion–Hania road, Arkadi, Crete, 74060, Greece



Sight Details:

  • €2
  • June–Aug., daily 9–8; Sept.–Oct. and Apr.–May, daily 9–7; Nov., daily 9–5; Dec.–Mar., daily 9–4

Updated 09/04/2014


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