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The Arkadi Monastery
is an Eastern Orthodox monastery, situated on a fertile plateau 23 km (14 mi) to the southeast of Rethymnon on the island of Crete in Greece.

The current catholicon (church) 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. As early as 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.

The monastery played an active role in the Cretan resistance of Ottoman rule during the Cretan revolt of 1866. 943 Greeks, mostly women and children, sought refuge in the monastery. After three days of battle and under orders from the hegumen (abbot) of the monastery, the Cretans blew up barrels of gunpowder, choosing to sacrifice themselves rather than surrender.

The monastery became a national sanctuary in honor of the Cretan resistance. 8 November is a day of commemorative parties in Arkadi and Rethymno. The explosion did not end the Cretan insurrection, but it attracted the attention of the rest of the world.

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Chania Venetian harbour
One rarely finds a place so full of historical memories, which unfold before our eyes with exquisite skill through the architecture of the buildings looking onto the Venetian harbour, bearing scents from past times, drawing the visitor into a nostalgic game of the senses, a mixture of East and West. The modern restaurants, cafés and bars add to the charm of the harbour, providing the necessary notes of life and familiar comfort throughout the year.

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Therisso Gorge

The Gorge of Therisso is located near the city of Chania. You can go there by car. The main gorge is six kilometers long. The vertical cliffs are impressive and the lush vegetation has nothing to envy of the other Chania Gorges. The place deserves a visit, even with a vehicle, cobined with a visit in the historical beautiful village of Therisso, that is built at the foot of the White Mountains at an altitude of 580 meters, just 15 kilometers from the city of Chania. A visit here is something that will remain unforgettable to every visitor.

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Chania Venetian harbour
The Venetian harbour of Chania was built by the Venetians between 1320 and 1356. The harbour was used for commerce and also to control the Sea of Crete against pirates.
The Venetian harbour had room for 40 galleys, but it constantly silted up and was never very deep, so it kept having to be dredged, a difficult job with the equipment of the time.
On its north side the harbour is protected by a breakwater. Near the middle of this is a small bulwark like a gun emplacement and the tiny chapel of St Nicholas. This was where the Venetians and Turks executed condemned prisoners.

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Church of Panagia at Therisso

The church of Panagia at Therisso is located below the huge tree of the village square and next to the statue of Eleftherios Venizelos. In the area there is the tomb of the hero Stephen Chalis, a chieftain of the period 1820-1822, who was killed in battle at position Aliakes, against the Turks, on July 25, 1822.

Theriso (Greek: Θέρισο, Δήμος Θερίσου) is a village and former municipality in the Chania regional unit, Crete, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Chania, of which it is a municipal unit. The municipal unit has an area of 74.106 km2 (28.612 sq mi). It was part of the former Kydonia Province, which covered the central part of Chania Prefecture.

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Monastery Sotiros Chania
The monastery of Chrysopigi also owes the restored monastery of Agia Kyriaki in Varypetro, which houses the Orthodoxy and Ecology Center where educational programs are conducted. Also, church and folklore museums operate in Chrisopigi, open daily from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 15:30 to 18:00. The church museum exhibits old icons, sacred vessels, ecclesiastical gold embroidery of the 18th 19th century, crosses, blessings, books, official documents and woodworks. On the other side, the folklore museum exhibits works of folk embroidery, traditional costumes, samples of secular and ecclesiastical woodwork, photographs, paintings, traditional agricultural tools, etc

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Galatas Chania

The village of Galatas were initially small hill village overlooking the beach of Kalamaki a little to the West of Chania.

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Monastery Sotiros I

The monastery of Chrysopigi also owes the restored monastery of Agia Kyriaki in Varypetro, which houses the Orthodoxy and Ecology Center where educational programs are conducted. Also, church and folklore museums operate in Chrisopigi, open daily from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 15:30 to 18:00. The church museum exhibits old icons, sacred vessels, ecclesiastical gold embroidery of the 18th 19th century, crosses, blessings, books, official documents and woodworks. On the other side, the folklore museum exhibits works of folk embroidery, traditional costumes, samples of secular and ecclesiastical woodwork, photographs, paintings, traditional agricultural tools, etc

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Lake Ayia 2

This small lake hosts the largest variety of aquatic plants in Crete, but also hosts very important species of fauna, such as rare species of ferns and frogs. Moreover, the lake is a shelter for many migratory and non-migratory birds. The ecological significance of Ayia is reflected in the fact that it is protected.

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