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The monastery of Preveli
It stands 37 km south of Rethymnon, in an imposing landscape which is mentioned at the mid-19th century diary of Sir John Spratt (admiral of the British Royal Navy), as "one of the happiest places to withdraw from trials and responsibilities of life".
There are lots of legends concerning the foundation of the monastery, which is believed that started during the Venetian occupation of the island. A number of its monks activities made the monastery one of the richest of western Crete and due to its isolated position it played important role in Cretan revolts against the occupying forces.

There are many valuable relics kept in the monastery museum such as:
*The icon of Christ "king of the kings" work of the painter Michail Prevelis (1750),
*The icon of "Agios Ioannis o Theologos" (13th century)
*The miraculous Crucifix (18th century)
*The splendid iconostasis and many others.

The Palm Beach (LIMNI)
From the monastery of Preveli , you can take a path to the sea , where there are small coves. The gorge that forms the river "megapotamos" ends at the Libyan Sea creating a small lake at its delta.
This lake surrounded by palm trees and rich vegetation is one of the most attractive places in Crete and once used to be an ideal place for camping and naturalism lovers.
The sea is clean with a dazzling range of green and blue colors.
The place is accessible only by foot or by boat. Many organized cruises start from Plakias or Agia Galini to bring visitors at LIMNI which can be fairly crowded during the high season. Only a few facilities are provided to the visitors.

Website: http://www.preveli.org

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  • Updated Dec 22, 2004
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