Greece 2 euros 2016 - Arkadi Monastery Holocaust

Obverse of Greece 2 euros 2016 - Arkadi Monastery Holocaust Reverse of Greece 2 euros 2016 - Arkadi Monastery Holocaust
Details The coin commemorates the 150 years from the Arkadi Monastery Holocaust. The Arkadi Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox monastery on the island of Crete, dating back to the 16th century and marked by the influence of the Renaissance. This influence is visible in the architecture, which mixes both Roman and baroque elements.

Situated on a plateau, the monastery is well fortified, being surrounded by a thick and high wall. The monastery played an active role in the Cretan resistance of Ottoman rule during the Cretan revolt of 1866. 943 Greeks, mostly women and children, sought refuge in the monastery. After three days of battle and under orders from the hegumen (abbot) of the monastery, the Cretans blew up barrels of gunpowder, choosing to sacrifice themselves rather than surrender. The monastery became a national sanctuary in honor of the Cretan resistance and November 8 is a day of commemorative parties in Arkadi and Rethymno.
Specifications Diameter - 25.75mm Thickness - 2.2mm Weight - 8.5gr
Composition BiAlloy (Nk/Ng), ring Cupronickel (75% copper - 25% nickel clad on nickel core), center Nickel brass (75% copper - 20% zinc - 5% nickel)
Edge Edge lettering (Hellenic Republic), fine milled
Mintage 742,000 pieces

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