Moni Preveli is one of the most important Monasteries in Crete because of its historical significance and because of the historical relics that are kept in its museum. The monks that lived there had active participation in all the liberation battles of Crete. At 1940 the German soldiers captured the monks and looted the monastery steeling one of most important item, the Timios Stavros (Holy Cross), that was returned years later. The monastery museum has significant exhibitions such as more than 100 Icons some dating back to the early 17th century, holy cups, vestments and Holy Gospels.
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