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Monastery of Arkadi

Monastery of Arkadi

A visit to the Monastery of Arkadi can take place from the eastern outlets of Rethymnon, Platanias ἤ Stavromenos and Viran Despoti of Mylopotamos. And the three tracks are very enjoyable. Anyway, when we reach south-southwest, at 23 km from Rethymno and at 500 m from the sea, we reach a large plateau on which Arkadi has been built, at the borders of some of the prefectures of Rethymnon, Amari and Mylopotamou. Around this town there were several smaller monasteries, which became the monks of the great Monastery in the 17th century. The Monastery of Arkadi is well known as a memorial to the Cretan people's faith and national liberation struggles, but also as a universal symbol of liberty and a testimony of resistance in any form.As soon as we see it, we are impressed by its size and architecture, as evidenced by the surrounding environment. We can easily discern its fortunate character. Its building complex is a characteristic example of monastic architecture, as it was in Crete during the last years of the Venetian occupation. Its oldest history remains almost unrecognizable. Its founding is placed in the second Byzantine period (961-1204) in the early years of the Venetian occupation in Crete. However, from the few, but incomplete information we have, it can be deduced that the monastery of Arkadi was an important monastic center with a spiritual and economic life and great irrationality in the Orthodox world.At the end of the 16th century, a radical internal reform and reorganization was carried out, and the present, bigger and brightest, temple was built, with its multifaceted façade in a Baroque style, devoted to the Metamorphosis of Sotterus and to the Constantine and Eilene. These important renaissance projects are associated with two real families of Rethymno, the family Hortatsis and the family of Kallergis, and they were created to meet the then high needs of Monks. During the same period and until the end of the Venetian occupation, the monastery became a center of letters and arts. There was a workshop of manuscripts, a school, a goldsmithing center, and a rich library with works of ancient writers.During the Ottoman domination, the spiritual exaltation of Monza was interrupted. Ὁ Turkish army captured and pillaged it. But she did, but quickly, her young conquerors allowed, boldly, to use bells! The first Metropolitan of Crete, after the restoration of the hierarchy on the island, Neophytos Patellaros, was her brother. Ἡ The monastery acquired a lot of property and from the beginnings of the 18th century it was recognized as the most important of Crete. Many travelers were admitted, but they did not see, as they say, many of her treasures.From its place of history, her participation in all the liberating judgments of the place was analogous to her spiritual offering. From the third decade of the nineteenth century, he began to move to an important religious and national center, where the most dramatic episode of the great Cretan Revolution (1866-1869), the Archduke Archbishop's Day, took place at night on the 8th of November 1866, these rare events, which brighten the history of the nation and remain unmistakable milestones in memory of all of us.Ἡ The monastery also recovered after its destruction and continued its multiple offering up to the period of the Catholic Church and the National Resistance to our day. Her recent proclamation of a European Monument of Liberty and Culture and the systematic work of her restoration, the preservation of herheads and her function as a place of prayer and worship, is the best justification for the long historical course and her continued presence.At its very interesting Ecclesiastical Museum, which was inaugurated on September 3rd, 2012, by His Holiness Thayatos Panayiotis, the Ecumenical Patriarch, We can see many of its surviving relics, the Latin banner, the post-Byzantine period, the objects of the Renaissance, the various objects of worship, the jewels of great artistic and historical value, the handwritten codes, the stamps, etc.

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