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Cat from Methymna {Crete}


Cat from the Arkadi Monastery near Rethymnon in Crete

One of the touristic assets of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, are the monasteries, representing years and years of religious history. One of them is the 16th-century Arkadi Monastery in Methymna, 23 kilometers southeast of Rethymno.

The site has deep significance for Cretans. In 1866, it was besieged by Turkish soldiers. But rather than surrender, the Christian locals decided to blow up everyone with gunpowder, Turks included. As this was a catalyst in the island's struggle toward freedom from Turkish domination, the monastery became a potent symbol of resistance.

These days, however, the Arkadi Monastery is a place of tranquility. Located near the peak of a hill, it is surrounded by picturesque villages, winding roads, and olive trees. Many stray cats are given sanctuary at the monastery and now act as guardians of this impressive site. 

Photo by Lauren Palmucci

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  1. I am so glad they have sanctuary there and are the security of this place. I had no idea about the history there.

  2. I love pets and have special gadgets for them at home.