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Monastery of Arsani


view of the church in the monastery of Arsani near RethymnonThe monastery of Arsani is located approximately 12km east of Rethymnon, along the road from Stavromenos to Loutro. 

The monastery is believed to have been founded by a monk called Arsenios during the period of Venetian occupation and the earliest written reference to the monastery dates back to 1601. 

However, the current buildings bear little resemblance to the 16th century monastery.  In 1888 the central church of Agios Giorgos was constructed on top of the remains of the earlier buildings.  The church was restored in 1970, and in 1989 the nave was decorated with frescoes. 

The monastery has a museum, containing an excellent collection of icons from churches of the Prefecture of Rethymnon - many of which belong to the style of the Cretan School.