Just eight kilometers to the south is the historic Monastery of Arkadi. The Arkadi Monastery is one of the most important historical sites in Crete and modern Greece. On November 8, 1866, its defenders, without hope against superior Turkish forces besieging the monastery, blew up the powder magazine and died rather than surrender.
Many relics of the monastery by that time are kept in the Museum of the Arkadi Monastery. The sacred banner of the revolution that was rescued, and other sacred objects, gold-trimmed robes, weapons and other memorabilia are kept in the museum of the monastery.
The UNESCO has declared Arkadi, the European Freedom Monument.