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St. Konstantin and St. Helena, church of Arkadi monastery, Crete.

This monastery played an important role in the Cretan struggle for independence from the Turks. A major part of Greek territory had become independent in 1830, but this did not apply to Crete.
Despite the fact that the convent was unsuitable for an effective military defence, the Cretan resistance assembled here in November 1866, counting 964 people, with only 325 battle ready men against a Turkish army of 15.000.
The situation became untenable, and the Cretans decided rather to die than to fall into their enemies' hands. They assembled inside the powder magazine and blew themselves up.
A woman's strong fair queue is shown in the museum as the only part which was left of her.

Taken on film with Canon A1, scan from paper print.

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