Moni Arkadiou. Crete. Greece. View of the façade of striking golden stone Venetian church inside the beautiful and impressive Monastery of Arkadiou. Dating from 1587, the church has a highly decorative façade with a mix of styles including Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic and Neoclassical. The Orthodox Monastery of Arkadiou was originally founded in the 11 century and is set on a plateau in the ida Mountains 23 kilometres southeast of Rethymno. It was the scene of glorious tragic incident event in 1866 during the Cretan resistance against Turkish forces in which a large number of refugees as well as Cretan freedom fighters sacrificed their lives by deciding to blow-up themselves with the powder magazine stores here rather than suffer death at the hands of the Turks. Crete is Greece’s largest island and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean.
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