Among remarkable sites of the city of Rethymno tourists will discover aged castles, churches and fortresses, museums keeping the greatest collections of artifacts and modern art galleries offering exciting exhibitions of various artworks. The Arkadi Monastery is an excellent example of the Venetian baroque epoch. By its appearance the monastery resembles a majestic palace. Several centuries ago a part of the monastery building was utilized as warehouses and wine cellars. In the 17-18th centuries the church housed a school and was home to copyist monks.
The history of the monastery is rather interesting as a while ago it was a significant cultural establishment, thereafter the monastery played a great role in the War of Greek Independence. The monastery building has been well preserved till present days, today its building is open to public and anyone can walk along its spacious halls and picturesque enclosed courts. The Chrisoskalitissa Monstery which name is interpreted as â€śgolden stepsâ€ť is located on the top of one of the high rocks.
After a tour tourists have an opportunity to visit one of the observation platforms and enjoy a fantastic vibrant view of the city. The most famous fortifying construction of the city is the Fortezza castle. Built in 1573 the castle has been preserved till nowadays in part only. Its territory hosts an age-old church and several observation platforms.