Arsaniou Monastery

Rethymno, Greece

Arsaniou Monastery for old men was possibly founded during the 2nd Byzantine period (961-1204). It was founded by a monk named Arsenios, after whom it was named.

According to the most likely version of events, it was deserted at one point due to pirates causing problems to coastal hamlets and, like many other Cretan monasteries, it was renovated before 1600. The Church of Agios Georgios, the Catholicon of the Monastery, a cruciform domed basilica, was inaugurated during the late 16th century. 

The great earthquake of 1856 destroyed a large part of the monastery and a decade later, the monks donated its property for the war of liberation of 1866. During the final Cretan revolution (1897-1898), Arsani suffered its own holocaust, with the Abbot Gabriel Klados meeting his doom after conflict with the Ottomans. This was the final contribution of the monastery shortly before the liberation of Crete.

The next landmark in the history of the monastery came in 1941, when the Germans executed monk Damianos Kallergis for fostering guerillas. 

The monastery was renovated in the early 1970s, with the addition of murals to the church and the construction of the museum and conference center.

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Founded: 11th century
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Κατερινα Ζαχαριουδακη (2 years ago)
What can I say about her alone !! Unique, perfect experience !!
ΓΡΗΓΟΡΗΣ ΣΤΑΥΡΟΥΛΑΚΗΣ (2 years ago)
NICE PLACE QUIET ENVIRONMENT CLEAN
ariel pelevin (3 years ago)
A quiet and nice place but was closed for fear of exposure to Corona patients
Jelena Blagojevic (6 years ago)
The Arsaniou Monastery in Rethymno prefecture is located near Pangalochori, 11 kilometers east of Rethymno, so you can easily arrive there by car. Very nice and peaceful men's monastery, with beautifully decorated walls and ceilings. Worth seeing!
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