Arkadi Monastery Museum

The Museum of the Arkadi Monastery accommodates a significant collection of Post-Byzantine icons, prelatic vestments, weapons, handwritten codices, and even certain personal belongings of Abbot Gabriel. The flag of the “holocaust” (sacrifice of the locked-up revolutionaries for the cause of the freedom of Crete, that took place in Arkadi, in 1866), bearing a representation of the Transfiguration of Jesus, is kept in a special showcase. Another important exhibit is the wood carved iconostasis, depicting the Resurrection, which is the only part of the church that was saved after the torching of the monastery by the Turks.

From the collection of vestments, a 1681 epigonation depicting Christ and the twelve Apostles on a golden embroidered background is very impressive. The collection of weapons includes muzzle-loading firearms of that era (kariofili) and Turkish muzzle-loading rifles with a hexagonal barrel (sisanes). 

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  • location Arkadi, 74100, Rethymno, Rethymno
  • museum type Ecclesiastical
  • exhibits Icons, various objects, manuscripts, vestments, rifles
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Visiting hours/info

Winter Season: Daily 09:00-18:00
Summer Season: Daily 08:00-20:00

Tel.: +30 28310 83116

Price Ticket(€): 2

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