Landmarks in Rethymnon


In 1866 the monastery of Arkadi was self-detonated by Greeks surrounded by Turkish soldiers. This became a cause celebre across Europe, and brought Crete’s plight under Ottoman occupation to the attention of many for the first time, thanks to widespread newspaper reports.
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The Rimondi fountain, built in the 1620s and named after the then rector of Rethymnon, still supplies water to the thirsty passerby, and is a superb piece of architecture.
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Mountain villages such as Spili, with its beautiful Venetian fountain spouting water from the heads of 19 lions is a fabulous place to escape the summer heat of the coastal plains.
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The occupants of the Melidoni cave - not far from Bali or Panormos – has a dark history. Some 350 Greeks were trapped inside by the Turks who suffocated the occupants by lighting a fire. This place is tremendously moving and deserves a visit.
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