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Monastery Arkadi, Crete

Monastery Arkadi, Crete
Crete
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
...what a fantastic heroic deed...the place is well surrounded by a mystical atmosphere...
8 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos has replied to Armando Taborda
Thank you very much Armando !!!
8 years ago.
uxxa....a little bit lazy.....
uxxa....a little bit…
...sehr gut und informativ, danke Demetrius..:!
8 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos has replied to uxxa....a little bit…
Danke uxxa !!!
8 years ago.
Berny
Berny
I was there last september, very impressive!
8 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos has replied to Berny
Danke Berny27 !!!
8 years ago.
Nada
Nada
i did go to crete not sure if I got to here
8 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos has replied to Nada
An Exciting Place to go, Nada ...
8 years ago.
DAME TARTINE
DAME TARTINE
merci bien Demetrius pour ton commentaire !
8 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos has replied to DAME TARTINE
De rien, de tartine !!
8 years ago.
Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann
seems to be a beautiful place !
8 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos has replied to Christel Ehretsmann
Yes, it is a wonderful place !!!
8 years ago.
Laurence....la tête dans les nuages....
Laurence....la tête…
I've been there a long time ago ! thanks for this good memory !
8 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos has replied to Laurence....la tête…
THX Laurence !!!
8 years ago.