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Monastery Arkadi, Crete

Monastery Arkadi, Crete
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By the mid-1800s, the Turks had occupied Crete for more than two centuries, despite frequent bloody uprisings by Cretan rebels. The monastery of Arkadi became the rebels' headquarters, owing to its central position on the island and it's strategic location.
There were 259 rebels in the monastery and 12 out of the 16 revolutionary committee's members. In addition to the rebels and revolutionary leaders, there were 700 unarmed women and children from nearby villages who were seeking refuge from the Turks.
On November 8, 1866, the Monastery was surrounded by 15,000 Turkish soldiers armed with 30 cannons. The Turkish commander gave Abbot Gabriel Marinakis an ultimatum, which was to either surrender or the Monastery would be destroyed. The ultimatum was answered by gunfire from the rebels.
After several days of fighting the Turks, by sheer weight of numbers penetrated the Monastery's walls. As they poured into the inner courtyard, where they fought a hand to hand fight with the rebels. The women and children sought refuge in a gunpowder room where they decided it would be better to commit suicide than surrender to the Turks. Konstantinos Giamboudakis set the gunpowder off and caused the explosion which killed the 700 women and children and several hundred Turkish soldiers.
The Greeks killed over 3,000 Turks and Egyptians in the battle.
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 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
...what a fantastic heroic deed...the place is well surrounded by a mystical atmosphere...
11 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos club has replied to Armando Taborda club
Thank you very much Armando !!!
11 years ago.
 Berny
Berny club
I was there last september, very impressive!
11 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos club has replied to Berny club
Danke Berny27 !!!
11 years ago.
 Nada
Nada
i did go to crete not sure if I got to here
11 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos club has replied to Nada
An Exciting Place to go, Nada ...
11 years ago.
 DAME TARTINE
DAME TARTINE
merci bien Demetrius pour ton commentaire !
11 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos club has replied to DAME TARTINE
De rien, de tartine !!
11 years ago.
 Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann club
seems to be a beautiful place !
11 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos club has replied to Christel Ehretsmann club
Yes, it is a wonderful place !!!
11 years ago.
 Laurence....la tête dans les nuages....
Laurence....la tête…
I've been there a long time ago ! thanks for this good memory !
11 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos club has replied to Laurence....la tête…
THX Laurence !!!
11 years ago.

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