The Arkadi Monastery

It is a place of special historical interest, symbolizing the Cretan liberation…

The Arkadi Monastery has a unique natural beauty, a prestigious history, numerous legends deeply rooted in the time and thesaurus richness.

The monastery dates back to the 16th century and is marked by the influence of the Renaissance. This influence is visible in the architecture, which mixes both Roman and baroque elements. In the 16th century, the monastery was a place for science and art and had a school and a rich library.
Situated on a plateau, the monastery is well fortified, being surrounded by a thick and high wall.

Each year the Monastery receives and hosts many visitors and pilgrims from all over the world, from distant civilizations.

The monastery witnessed during the past centuries to different cultures, traditions and history, offering today an original spiritual experience to its visitors.