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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you love history and beautiful architecture. Go there. 1hour visit or 30 minutes more is ok. Interesting place and wonderful surroundings near the monastery.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 10, 2019 via mobile

Over the past 20 years we have visited this site several times but this must be the most interesting as there is now a little museum with every exhibit in dual language English and Greek giving a far better insight to the story behind the significance of the place

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

Well worth the 20 minute drive from the main road between Heraklion and Rethymno. It was rainy, cold, and windy, but we were still able to walk the grounds and buildings. Historically, the monastery is a critical part of Crete and is fairly well preserved and really creates a peaceful setting atop Mt Ida. The surrounding landscape is beautiful. My boys loved the resident dog and cats.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 2, 2019 via mobile

Nestled in a mountain area, requiring small roads to reach it, is a monastery of beauty, peace and historic drama. The drive from the coastal road is poorly marked, but you will find this monastery if you don’t lose hope. Once you get there you’ll find a place that has stood still for almost 150 years. The monastery goes back further in time, but it ceased to develop in the 1800s. The most incredible thing you’ll see is the gardens. The building encloses a garden of colors and smells that intoxicate the senses. It is very peaceful and one can sit there for an hour with no problem. Take some time to sit and contemplate the garden. Then explore the 17th century buildings and artifacts and learn some of the sad history. The Turks massacred the monks in the late 1800s and you can still see some of the skulls that are stacked for display by the monks, in a special area outside the main building. You will find old bibles from the 1200s and the 1600s on display. The opportunity for great photography is the reason for the stop and it will be well worth it.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

A must see... for many reasons 1. The surroundings with green trees when you ride through Loutra and Kyrianna or more desertlike when you drive up hill through Ancient Eleftherna 2. The monumental monastery of Arkadi with its history in the many revolutions before Crete was set free in 1898. The 1866 holocaust at Arkadi monastery, after hundreds of years of oppression by the Ottoman empire, was felt and seen in the wider surroundings, because of the impact of the explosion and the fire after the ignition of the gunpowder room at the monstery. After this revolt the Ottomans started to built in the surroundings of Arkadi and in the Amari district many koules or fortresses to keep an eye on the andartes. So when you look at the tops of the hills you can see many of the remains of these fortresses.

Date of experience: March 2018
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