Monasteries of Crete - Rethymno

Numbering amongst them the important and blood-soaked Arkadi monastery, and that at Preveli, equally famous, the monasteries of this Prefecture have a rich history to share and rare religious relics to show.

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Arkadi Monatery is perhaps the best known monastery on Crete due to the Holocaust of 1866. However, its location and impressive architecture make it all the more special.

  • location Arkadi, Rethimno, Rethimno
  • type Monastery
  • time period Venetian Period

The Church of Panagia ton Myriokefalon in the village of Myriokefala served as the catholicon of the Monastery of Panagia Antifonitria, dating back to the 11th century, which has not survived. 

  • location Myriokafalon, Rethimno, Rethimno
  • type Monastery
  • time period 2nd Byzantine Period

Profitis Ilias Monastery is located on rocky, elevated terrain near the village Roustika. The monastery was built during the era of Venetian rule and belongs to the citadel style of architecture...

  • location Roustika, Rethymno, Rethimno, Rethimno
  • type Monastery
  • time period Venetian Period

An old men's monastery, located 12km east of Rethymno, in the Pangalochori community, possibly founded during the 2nd Byzantine period (961-1204). It was founded by a monk named Arsenios, after whom it was named.

  • location Pagkalochori, Rethimno, Rethimno
  • type Monastery
  • time period 2nd Byzantine Period, Venetian Period

The convent located near Rethymno was probably founded by Byzantine ascetics who lived as nuns in caves within the region. During the period of Venetian rule, the convent owned extensive land and operated throughout the period of Ottoman rule until the revolution of 1821, when it began to shrink.

  • location Rousospiti, Rethimno, Rethimno
  • type Monastery
  • time period 2nd Byzantine Period

Attali Monatery at Bale is located on the hills of Agia Ypakoi near Bali and is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. Although the monastery dates back to the 14th century, written testimonies date back to 1628 onwards. 

  • location Bale, Milopotamos, Rethimno
  • type Monastery
  • time period Venetian Period
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