Ancient Symposium, A theme site full of knowledge and surprises.

“SYMPOSIUM” was established by Georgios and Emmanouel Roussis. We are a family of artists, a father and his son, who have had a passion for sculpture and, lately, for ancient Greek wine-making.

Both Georgios and Emmanouel Roussis studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens and Florina respectively, at the Department of Sculpture, with a scholarship. They are ordinary members of the Greek Chamber of Fine Arts. They have created a variety of sculptural works, such as busts, statues, monuments of modern but also classic art, with either bronze or marble.

Sculptor’s Hall

In the Sculptor’s Hall discover your own talent in sculpture; touch a selection of sculpting tools and learn how they are used; watch a series of videos on ancient sculpting techniques (ceramics, marble carving, carving on precious stones, lost-wax casting); model and carve an art object under the guidance of an expert sculptor; take your own sculpture home as a souvenir.

Gallery Hall

In the Gallery Hall find out about ancient warfare through the Greek helmets exhibition, try on a helmet yourself, or just relax listening to good music.

Winemaker’s Hall

In the winemaker’s hall drink authentic Greek wine from a kylix (the wine-drinking cup of the ancient Greeks); taste original ancient Greek snacks; learn about really old vinification techniques; find out how a home grape mill looked and worked; touch amphorae and other serving gear of the Ancients; watch a short documentary video about the archaeology of wine; sit down on Cretan king Minos’ throne or lie back on an anáklintron (the Greek symposium chaise-longue)

Our wines

Our esteemed customers can now purchase our highly special, rare wine which carries the salted taste and the vinification techniques used by the ancient Greeks.

Carefully selected herbs blooming in parts of Mount Olympus used in its preparation, the genuine skin of the label that gives an odour of vitality, pure beeswax from honeybees in the fragrant hills and forests of Greece, and above all the beneficial properties of wine for health, all combine to build up a perfect organoleptic effect that carries you thousands of years back to Greek antiquity.

All this packed in a hand-made ceramic bottle, a faithful copy of an ancient Greek amphora, designed by the “Symposium” artists. The packing of our ancient-styled Greek wine is of rare, expensive marble, the same as that used for building the Acropolis of Athens. Keeping the bottle in a marble package ensures an ideally low, stable temperature for the wine – a particular way of preservation in a perfectly natural way. In addition, you can conduct a real wine tasting ritual by drinking the wine through our hand-made cup included, a kylix – just like the ancient Greeks, who used it in order to taste the aromas and flavors of wine in full. The wide surface of the cup provides extended contact with fresh air to the wine, giving the feeling that you drink from a spring of running wine.

39, Doiranis street, 176 72
Kallithea, Athens, Greece
Email: ancient.symposium@gmail.com
Phone: +30 210-9593710
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Hellenic Culture Museum

The Hellenic Culture Museum is located in the city center of Kalambaka and houses the private collection of Mr Pavlos Balogiannis in a space of 1000 sq.meters dedicated to the history of Greek education and learning, aspiring to serve its educational and cultural orientation.

The museum aims at the preservation,study, promotion and encancement of Greek Education and its values and hopes to establish a strong collection between the visitor and the greek letters and culture in a simple, experidential way and become a cultural center that provides education, learning and science.

The presentation of the collection is perfectly centered to the needs of the modern visitor.

 

Source: www.bookmuseum.gr

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Hellenic Culture Museum

  • Jan 14,2019

The Hellenic Culture Museum is located in the city center of Kalambaka and houses the private collection of Mr Pavlos Balogiannis in a space of 1000 sq.meters dedicated to the history of Greek education and learning, aspiring to serve its educational and cultural orientation. The museum aims at the preservation,study, promotion and encancement of Greek Education and its values and hopes to establish... read more

Truffle Hunting at Meteora

  • Apr 21,2017

A new experience for every visitor Luxury for few becomes opportunity for many A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE The Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum is proposing an amazing experience: Truffle hunting under the rocks of Meteora! In the beautiful and unknown forests of the region, near the city of Kalampaka, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a unique truffle hunting, to taste a delicious... read more

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The monastery of Saint Irene, Andros

The monastery of Saint Irene was founded in 1780 at Archontas in the village of Apoikia by the Spiridou brothers, both of whom were monks.

At that time it was a nunnery, but in 1833 it was abandoned, due to King Otto’s Royal Degree which demanded the dissolution of the orthodox monasteries, which numbered about 1000 in Greece, with a smalls number of monks or nuns and the confiscation of their properties.  Gradually, the buildings around the church collapsed, although the church remained in good condition.

In 2006, Captain Eleftherios Polemis bought the field which included the ruins of the monastery.  He and his family renovated the buildings around the church and did maintenance work inside the church, remaining true to the previous architectural form.  The renovation took 10 years to be carried out.

Nowadays, the monastery plays a big role in the community.  It holds summer camps for children, many of whom are orphans. Furthermore, throughout the whole year it houses the following exhibitions:

  • History of writing (Kairis Collection)
  • Traditional musical instruments
  • Collection of stones, minerals & fossils (Spiros Mpellas collection)
  • Elli Mandaraka – Stamatiadou & Flora of Andros

The church (dome basilica) is well worth viewing: it is made from slate with arches, the dome is based on trianglur spheres and the walls are built of traditional stone. Especially notable are the floor with an eagle and the marble ‘iconostasis’ with its flower decoration, dating from 1806.

The museums should be visited and there is a wonderful view of the city of Andros and the coastline with the sea from the Monastery.

The Monastery is open every day from 10:00 – 17:00, including Sundays and celebration days.

Telephone number: 6982038281

For more information, you can find us www.imagiasirinisandrou.gr

E-Mail: imagiaseirinisandrou@gmail.com

Got from: Holy Monastery of Saint Irene

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Theatre performances with english surtitles

The PALLAS theatre, an Athens landmark, was built in 1931–1932 to be used as a cinema. During the Interwar Period, it was considered the finest cinema-theatre in the Balkans. Designed to obey the style of classicism in line with French models, its monumental entrance is dominated by multicolored marble and an impressive staircase, while the foyer is decorated with walnut paneling, Art Deco stained glass and elaborate mosaics. Its undulating roof was typical of structures of this vintage style. In its original form, the auditorium had a capacity of 2500 seats.

The theatre was fully renovated in the early 2000, while retaining and conserving all its historical elements, and thus turning the Pallas into a contemporary monument. Stage and stalls were completely redesigned, reconstructed and equipped with the latest audiovisual systems to allow for more technically-demanding, contemporary spectacles to be hosted.

The renovated Pallas premiered in November 2006 with Dimitris Papaioannou’s performance “2”, his first project right after The 2004 Olympic Games Ceremonies. Since then, it has hosted productions from all over the world and has receive massive audience attendance and acknowledgement.

The theatre is situated at Voukourestiou Street, near Syntagma (Constitution) Square, one of the most elegant commercial locations in downtown Athens. Housed in the Army Pension Fund building, it is the most suitable venue for all sorts of high-quality productions.

It is currently been managed by Theatrikes Skines S.A

We are delighted to inform you that THEATRIKES SKINES SA offer the opportunity to all English speaking residents or visitors in Athens to expand their cultural scope, as performances at PALLAS TEHATRE now feature English surtitles. 

We believe that in Athens, a city featuring more than 1,500 theatrical performances per year and rightly described as the theatrical capital, attending the theater should be an option for everyone, including foreign-language audiences, especially when it comes to Athens’ most central theater. To that end, PALLAS THEATRE, housed in an Art Deco landmark building, which dates back to the 1930s and was fully and respectfully renovated in 2006, has introduced English surtitles during the theater’s main evening performances, Wednesday through Sunday.

‘The Witches of Smyrna’

This season, PALLAS THEATRE presents the much-anticipated theatrical extravaganza ‘The Witches of Smyrna’ by Mara Meimaridi, adapted for the stage and directed by Stamatis Fasoulis, with an all-star cast and production team. Mara Meimaridi’s multiple-award-winning atmospheric novel, which captivated a million readers worldwide and received rave reviews when it was adapted to the small screen by Kostas Koutsomytis in 2005, has now come to the Pallas stage, ready to transport theater-lovers back to late 19th-century Smyrna for a tale of passion, magic, spells, perfumes and love affairs.

You can obtain information about the performances presented in PALLAS THEATRE with English surtitles through http://www.theatrikesskines.gr/performances-with-surtitles

We would appreciate if you would share this information. We remain at your disposal for further information and recommendations.

Please keep in mind:

  • Surtitles are in English and Greek. For optimal surtitle visibility, we recommend the seats located in the last rows of the stalls (below 10th row) and in the dress and upper circle.
  • Surtitles are available for the main evening show of PALLAS Theater (Wednesday through Sunday)

 

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The 2019 Epidaurus Festival programme is announced

The 2019 Epidaurus Festival was announced by the artistic director of Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Vangelis Theodoropoulos, on Monday 22 October, in a press conference held at the Athens Conservatoire. 

ANCIENT THEATRE OF EPIDAURUS 

21 & 22 June

Oedipus

Directed by Robert Wilson
Co-production: ConversAzioni – Teatro Olimpico Vicenza – Pompeii Theatrum Mundi – Teatro Stabile di Napoli

NATIONAL THEATRE OF GREECE

28 & 29 June
ORESTEIA
by Aeschylus

Agamemnon

Directed by Io Voulgaraki

The Libation Bearers

Directed by Lilly Meleme

The Eumenides

Directed by Georgia Mavragani

 

NATIONAL THEATRE OF GREECE – CYPRUS THEATRE ORGANISATION

5 & 6 July
The Suppliants
by Euripides

Directed by Stathis Livathinos

 

12 & 13 July

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

Directed by Konstantinos Markoulakis

Co-production: Athinaika Theatra – Municipal and Regional Theatre of Crete

 

NATIONAL THEATRE OF NORTHERN GREECE

19 & 20 July

Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides

Directed by Yannis Kalavrianos

26 & 27 July

Comédie-Française

Electra / Orestes by Euripides

Directed by Ivo Van Hove

2 & 3 Aug.

The Clouds by Aristophanes

Directed by Dimitris Karantzas

9 & 10 Aug.    

MUNICIPAL AND REGIONAL THEATRE OF PATRAS

Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus

Directed by Stavros Tsakiris
 

LITTLE THEATRE OF ANCIENT EPIDAURUS

22 June

9th ATHENS OPEN AIR FILM FESTIVAL

Surprise screening

GREEK NATIONAL OPERA – ALTERNATIVE STAGE

28 & 29 June

Kassandra by Iannis Xenakis
Anaparastasis I: The Baritone by Jani Christou

Directed by Alexandros Efklidis 

The Day Will Come… by Giorgos Koumentakis

Directed by Ektoras Lygizos

5 & 6 July

Theogony by Hesiod

Directed by Sofia Paschou

12 & 13 July

Griffón DANCE COMPANY

KAOS

Choreographed by Ioanna Portolou

19 & 20 July

Daphnis + Chloe by Longus

Un amore bucolico

Directed by Dimitris Bogdanos

26 & 27 July

Phèdre by Racine

Directed by Efi Theodorou

2 & 3 Aug.

Danaids by Andreas Kalvos

Directed by Natasa Triantafylli

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Customs and Festivals of Naxos

Music, dancing with traditional costumes, songs, arts, feasts and festivals are part of the Naxian daily life. The island is famous all over Greece for its rich musical tradition and there are important composers/musicians from Naxos, including Konitopouleoi, Fyrogenides, Stamatonanolides, Vrontogiorgides, Koukoularides, Hatzopouloi. “Kotsakia” (folk poems of two or eight verses that were created in times of joy or sadness and could be instantly sung) are well-known thoughout Greece. In many feasts and festivals organized on the island, it is necessary to have local musical instruments, such as “tzampouna” and “ntoumpaki”, to accompany the celebration.

Especially the mountainous villages of Naxos have a great musical tradition (Apeiranthos, Kinidaros, Koronos, Filoti).

Festivals

Theoskepasti, in Komiaki and Potamia (September 8)

Panagia Drosiani, in Moni (September 8)

Timios Stavros (Holy Cross), in Tripodes and Moni (September 14)

Agios Nikolaos, in Kinidaros (December 6)

Agios Thalalaios, in Thalalaios (May 20)

Panagia Argokoiliotissa, in Koronos (Holy Friday)

Agii Apostoli, in Melanes (June 30)

Agia Kyriaki, in Potamia (July 7)

Agios Prokopios, in Prokopios (July 8),

Agios Nikodimos, in Chora and Glinado (July 14)

Agia Paraskevi, in Kinidaros (July 26),

Sotiros, in Glinado, Damarionas and Koukounochori (August 6)

Panagia, all over the island, especially in Filoti (August 15)

The Novena of the Virgin, in Tripodes (August 23)

Agios Ioannis, in Apeiranthos, Apollonas and Agersani (August 29)

Celebrations

Carnival: The celebration culminates in the last days before Clean Monday and many people are dressed up in memory of the Dionysian festivals. Characteristic figures are “koudounatoi” in Apeiranthos and “foustanellatoi”.

Ai Giannis: Jumping over the fires – to make the evil spirits and the diseases go away – is characteristic of the feast of Agios Ioannis (June 23) in Klidonas. Housewives prepare salty pies, which are considered to have “magical powers”.

Stavrou (Holy Cross): The good harvest is important for the residents of Galanado, who in the feast day of Timios Stavros (Holy Cross, September 14) leave out of the church a few seeds wrapped in a cloth, so as for the priest to bless them.

Trygos (vine harvest): It is a special celebration for the inhabitants of the island in the autumn. The barrels are washed and grapemust is collected to go to the presses. The pressed grapes (tsamboura) left in the barrel are used for raki: Rakitzia is an occasion for people to gather, sing, eat and have fun.

Source: aegeanislands.gr

Posts about Naxos

Customs and Festivals of Naxos

  • Oct 23,2018

Music, dancing with traditional costumes, songs, arts, feasts and festivals are part of the Naxian daily life. The island is famous all over Greece for its rich musical tradition and there are important composers/musicians from Naxos, including Konitopouleoi, Fyrogenides, Stamatonanolides, Vrontogiorgides, Koukoularides, Hatzopouloi. “Kotsakia” (folk poems of two or eight verses that were created... Read more

The mount and cave of Zas

  • Oct 23,2018

This is the highest peak of Naxos, usually covered with clouds and named Myti of Za (Nose of Zeus).  It has namely the name of Zeus and maybe this was also its name in the antiquity, as they used to worship the father of gods on this very mountain. The archaic inscription carved on a rock in the path that leads to the top of the mountain says “Oros Dios Milosiou” (Mountain of Zeus of Milon), which... Read more

Naxos wetlands

  • Oct 23,2018

The small wetlands, salt marshes and dunes of Naxos are a haven for birds, fish and reptiles. The most important wetland is that of Alyki which comprises a large lake southwest of the airport runway. It is the largest salt lake in the Cyclades and retains enough water. The vegetation includes reeds, aquatic plants and clumps of cedar trees. 166 bird species have been observed and it is enlisted in the protected... Read more

Apaliros castle

  • Oct 23,2018

This is a very important castle, built on a steep hill in the fields of Sangri and Agiassos. According to researchers, it took its name after the abundant “apaliries”, a kind of bush that sprouts there. It was erected in the first years of the Byzantine era, though probably there was already a fortification in the antiquity, because part of the wall is prehistoric. It was abandoned in the 13th... Read more

Naxos towers

  • Oct 23,2018

Today about 30 towers are preserved in the countryside of the island. They have been built by feudal Venetians in particular (and other Latin nobles) who used them as a base to exploit the real estate of the field they held. Their defensive line included battlements, murder holes, turrets, huge doors and small windows to protect the defenders. They were made of stone and had many floors and thick walls. Bazeos... Read more

Gardoumia

  • Jun 6,2017

Gardoumia is a special meze from lamb intestines that is made on the island of Naxos, just like in Crete; besides, the strong connections between the two islands are well-known. Meze holds a special place in the Greek culinary tradition and could be described as an appetizer, a treat to share with friends in a relaxed environment. Gardoumia is a popular dish among mountain and pastoral farming/shepherds’... Read more

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The mount and cave of Zas

This is the highest peak of Naxos, usually covered with clouds and named Myti of Za (Nose of Zeus).  It has namely the name of Zeus and maybe this was also its name in the antiquity, as they used to worship the father of gods on this very mountain. The archaic inscription carved on a rock in the path that leads to the top of the mountain says “Oros Dios Milosiou” (Mountain of Zeus of Milon), which is an evidence that Naxian shepherds worshiped Zeus also as protector of their flocks, “milon” as they called sheep.

The maximum height of the mountain is 1003m. The cave is found at 600m and it is also connected to the cult of Zeus. An arched gate 2.5m high leads to the magnificent interior of the cave consisting of a chamber with 115m length and 75m maximum width.

The decoration is rich and involves impressive stalactites and stalagmites, boulders and stone clusters. In the highest part of the cave there are two stalagmites named “Papa” and “Papadia”, as well as the so-called “Agia Trapeza”. The cave was explored in 1962 by Anna Petrocheilou. Excavations carried out in the period 1985-86 and in 1994 brought to light important findings from the neolithic to the classical and Roman times, many of which are exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Naxos. They have also found tools made ​​of obsidian and vertebrate bones.

Info

– During the Turkish rule, the cave was used as a shelter but also as a church.

– To visit the cave, start from the village Filoti (there are signs). The main part of the route is on foot and you will need to carry strong light torches.

Source: aegeanislands.gr

Posts about Naxos

Customs and Festivals of Naxos

  • Oct 23,2018

Music, dancing with traditional costumes, songs, arts, feasts and festivals are part of the Naxian daily life. The island is famous all over Greece for its rich musical tradition and there are important composers/musicians from Naxos, including Konitopouleoi, Fyrogenides, Stamatonanolides, Vrontogiorgides, Koukoularides, Hatzopouloi. “Kotsakia” (folk poems of two or eight verses that were created... Read more

The mount and cave of Zas

  • Oct 23,2018

This is the highest peak of Naxos, usually covered with clouds and named Myti of Za (Nose of Zeus).  It has namely the name of Zeus and maybe this was also its name in the antiquity, as they used to worship the father of gods on this very mountain. The archaic inscription carved on a rock in the path that leads to the top of the mountain says “Oros Dios Milosiou” (Mountain of Zeus of Milon), which... Read more

Naxos wetlands

  • Oct 23,2018

The small wetlands, salt marshes and dunes of Naxos are a haven for birds, fish and reptiles. The most important wetland is that of Alyki which comprises a large lake southwest of the airport runway. It is the largest salt lake in the Cyclades and retains enough water. The vegetation includes reeds, aquatic plants and clumps of cedar trees. 166 bird species have been observed and it is enlisted in the protected... Read more

Apaliros castle

  • Oct 23,2018

This is a very important castle, built on a steep hill in the fields of Sangri and Agiassos. According to researchers, it took its name after the abundant “apaliries”, a kind of bush that sprouts there. It was erected in the first years of the Byzantine era, though probably there was already a fortification in the antiquity, because part of the wall is prehistoric. It was abandoned in the 13th... Read more

Naxos towers

  • Oct 23,2018

Today about 30 towers are preserved in the countryside of the island. They have been built by feudal Venetians in particular (and other Latin nobles) who used them as a base to exploit the real estate of the field they held. Their defensive line included battlements, murder holes, turrets, huge doors and small windows to protect the defenders. They were made of stone and had many floors and thick walls. Bazeos... Read more

Gardoumia

  • Jun 6,2017

Gardoumia is a special meze from lamb intestines that is made on the island of Naxos, just like in Crete; besides, the strong connections between the two islands are well-known. Meze holds a special place in the Greek culinary tradition and could be described as an appetizer, a treat to share with friends in a relaxed environment. Gardoumia is a popular dish among mountain and pastoral farming/shepherds’... Read more

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Naxos wetlands

The small wetlands, salt marshes and dunes of Naxos are a haven for birds, fish and reptiles. The most important wetland is that of Alyki which comprises a large lake southwest of the airport runway. It is the largest salt lake in the Cyclades and retains enough water. The vegetation includes reeds, aquatic plants and clumps of cedar trees. 166 bird species have been observed and it is enlisted in the protected areas of NATURA 2000 network.

Four wetlands of the island have been also included in the list of small island wetlands of up to 80 acres, of the Ministry of Environment. According to the Presidential Decree of 2012, the marsh in Pyrgaki, the mouth of Skoulikaria springs in Ammitis, the marsh of Agiassos and the marsh of Kalandos joined the list among 380 small wetlands and came under protection.

Source: aegeanislands.gr

Posts about Naxos

Customs and Festivals of Naxos

  • Oct 23,2018

Music, dancing with traditional costumes, songs, arts, feasts and festivals are part of the Naxian daily life. The island is famous all over Greece for its rich musical tradition and there are important composers/musicians from Naxos, including Konitopouleoi, Fyrogenides, Stamatonanolides, Vrontogiorgides, Koukoularides, Hatzopouloi. “Kotsakia” (folk poems of two or eight verses that were created... Read more

The mount and cave of Zas

  • Oct 23,2018

This is the highest peak of Naxos, usually covered with clouds and named Myti of Za (Nose of Zeus).  It has namely the name of Zeus and maybe this was also its name in the antiquity, as they used to worship the father of gods on this very mountain. The archaic inscription carved on a rock in the path that leads to the top of the mountain says “Oros Dios Milosiou” (Mountain of Zeus of Milon), which... Read more

Naxos wetlands

  • Oct 23,2018

The small wetlands, salt marshes and dunes of Naxos are a haven for birds, fish and reptiles. The most important wetland is that of Alyki which comprises a large lake southwest of the airport runway. It is the largest salt lake in the Cyclades and retains enough water. The vegetation includes reeds, aquatic plants and clumps of cedar trees. 166 bird species have been observed and it is enlisted in the protected... Read more

Apaliros castle

  • Oct 23,2018

This is a very important castle, built on a steep hill in the fields of Sangri and Agiassos. According to researchers, it took its name after the abundant “apaliries”, a kind of bush that sprouts there. It was erected in the first years of the Byzantine era, though probably there was already a fortification in the antiquity, because part of the wall is prehistoric. It was abandoned in the 13th... Read more

Naxos towers

  • Oct 23,2018

Today about 30 towers are preserved in the countryside of the island. They have been built by feudal Venetians in particular (and other Latin nobles) who used them as a base to exploit the real estate of the field they held. Their defensive line included battlements, murder holes, turrets, huge doors and small windows to protect the defenders. They were made of stone and had many floors and thick walls. Bazeos... Read more

Gardoumia

  • Jun 6,2017

Gardoumia is a special meze from lamb intestines that is made on the island of Naxos, just like in Crete; besides, the strong connections between the two islands are well-known. Meze holds a special place in the Greek culinary tradition and could be described as an appetizer, a treat to share with friends in a relaxed environment. Gardoumia is a popular dish among mountain and pastoral farming/shepherds’... Read more

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Apaliros castle

This is a very important castle, built on a steep hill in the fields of Sangri and Agiassos. According to researchers, it took its name after the abundant “apaliries”, a kind of bush that sprouts there. It was erected in the first years of the Byzantine era, though probably there was already a fortification in the antiquity, because part of the wall is prehistoric. It was abandoned in the 13th century with the arrival of the Venetians. When Sanoudos came to the island, the castle was dominated by Genoese pirates. In order to force his men to conquer the castle, he burnt his galleys, so the soldiers had no other choice: drive out the Genoese and take the castle or die. After five weeks of siege, the Venetians of Sanoudos took over Apaliros castle and chased away the pirates. Sanoudos took the island and founded the Duchy of the Aegean.

Nowadays a large part of the castle strong walls is still preserved along with some towers, bastions, cisterns. Apart from the remains of houses the two-aisled church of Agios Georgios with a dome and beautiful architecture is also preserved. Some researches attribute it to the 7th-8th century. There are also other churches in the castle and climbing up there is a unique experience, as it offers an open view of the south side of Naxos.

Source: aegeanislands.gr

Posts about Naxos

Customs and Festivals of Naxos

  • Oct 23,2018

Music, dancing with traditional costumes, songs, arts, feasts and festivals are part of the Naxian daily life. The island is famous all over Greece for its rich musical tradition and there are important composers/musicians from Naxos, including Konitopouleoi, Fyrogenides, Stamatonanolides, Vrontogiorgides, Koukoularides, Hatzopouloi. “Kotsakia” (folk poems of two or eight verses that were created... Read more

The mount and cave of Zas

  • Oct 23,2018

This is the highest peak of Naxos, usually covered with clouds and named Myti of Za (Nose of Zeus).  It has namely the name of Zeus and maybe this was also its name in the antiquity, as they used to worship the father of gods on this very mountain. The archaic inscription carved on a rock in the path that leads to the top of the mountain says “Oros Dios Milosiou” (Mountain of Zeus of Milon), which... Read more

Naxos wetlands

  • Oct 23,2018

The small wetlands, salt marshes and dunes of Naxos are a haven for birds, fish and reptiles. The most important wetland is that of Alyki which comprises a large lake southwest of the airport runway. It is the largest salt lake in the Cyclades and retains enough water. The vegetation includes reeds, aquatic plants and clumps of cedar trees. 166 bird species have been observed and it is enlisted in the protected... Read more

Apaliros castle

  • Oct 23,2018

This is a very important castle, built on a steep hill in the fields of Sangri and Agiassos. According to researchers, it took its name after the abundant “apaliries”, a kind of bush that sprouts there. It was erected in the first years of the Byzantine era, though probably there was already a fortification in the antiquity, because part of the wall is prehistoric. It was abandoned in the 13th... Read more

Naxos towers

  • Oct 23,2018

Today about 30 towers are preserved in the countryside of the island. They have been built by feudal Venetians in particular (and other Latin nobles) who used them as a base to exploit the real estate of the field they held. Their defensive line included battlements, murder holes, turrets, huge doors and small windows to protect the defenders. They were made of stone and had many floors and thick walls. Bazeos... Read more

Gardoumia

  • Jun 6,2017

Gardoumia is a special meze from lamb intestines that is made on the island of Naxos, just like in Crete; besides, the strong connections between the two islands are well-known. Meze holds a special place in the Greek culinary tradition and could be described as an appetizer, a treat to share with friends in a relaxed environment. Gardoumia is a popular dish among mountain and pastoral farming/shepherds’... Read more

Page: 1
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Naxos towers

Today about 30 towers are preserved in the countryside of the island. They have been built by feudal Venetians in particular (and other Latin nobles) who used them as a base to exploit the real estate of the field they held. Their defensive line included battlements, murder holes, turrets, huge doors and small windows to protect the defenders. They were made of stone and had many floors and thick walls.

Bazeos Tower 

It is located right outside Sangri and stands out thanks to its architecture and excellent restoration it has undergone. Every summer it hosts Naxos Festival, one of the most significant cultural events of Cyclades.

Fortified with tall walls, turrets and small windows, the tower was built around 1600 but underwent some changes over the time to take its current form in 1789. It first housed the monastery of Timios Stavros (Holy Cross), which was abandoned at the beginning of the 19th century and in 1834 it became a property of the newly founded Greek state. For many years potters had their workshops in this tower. At the end of the 19th century, the property was sold to Bazeos or Bassegio family, members of which are mainly found in Italy and Brazil. Its owner, Georgios Marios Bazeos, is the last descendant in Greece and vice-president of “Aion” association.

Tower of Ypsili 

Starting the route from Chora to Apollonas, you will see the tower of Ypsili, or tower of Ypsilotera, or monastery of Ypsilotera, which is open to visitors. It was once a fortified monastery; the katholikon and the impressive frescoe, the towers, the murder holes etc are still preserved. It belonged to Kokkos family (there is an inscription “Iakovos Kokkos 1600”). The monastery was a revolution centre at the time of Naxos people uprisings against the oppression of Latin nobles.

Tower of Belonia 

Leaving the town and taking the main road to Galanado (4km away from Chora) and crossing Livadia of Naxos, you will pass by the well-preserved tower of Belonia which was built before 1610. In its interior there is the chapel of Agios Ioannis, both catholic and orthodox, which is rare to see.

Other towers:  

KRISPI-GLEZOS TOWER (Chora)

DELLA ROCCA BAROZZI TOWER (Chora)

BAROZZI TOWER IN CHALKI

MAKROPOLITIS TOWER IN KERAMI

TOWER OF MPARDANI AND ZEVGOLI IN APEIRANTHOS

Source: aegeanislands.gr

Posts about Naxos

Customs and Festivals of Naxos

  • Oct 23,2018

Music, dancing with traditional costumes, songs, arts, feasts and festivals are part of the Naxian daily life. The island is famous all over Greece for its rich musical tradition and there are important composers/musicians from Naxos, including Konitopouleoi, Fyrogenides, Stamatonanolides, Vrontogiorgides, Koukoularides, Hatzopouloi. “Kotsakia” (folk poems of two or eight verses that were created... Read more

The mount and cave of Zas

  • Oct 23,2018

This is the highest peak of Naxos, usually covered with clouds and named Myti of Za (Nose of Zeus).  It has namely the name of Zeus and maybe this was also its name in the antiquity, as they used to worship the father of gods on this very mountain. The archaic inscription carved on a rock in the path that leads to the top of the mountain says “Oros Dios Milosiou” (Mountain of Zeus of Milon), which... Read more

Naxos wetlands

  • Oct 23,2018

The small wetlands, salt marshes and dunes of Naxos are a haven for birds, fish and reptiles. The most important wetland is that of Alyki which comprises a large lake southwest of the airport runway. It is the largest salt lake in the Cyclades and retains enough water. The vegetation includes reeds, aquatic plants and clumps of cedar trees. 166 bird species have been observed and it is enlisted in the protected... Read more

Apaliros castle

  • Oct 23,2018

This is a very important castle, built on a steep hill in the fields of Sangri and Agiassos. According to researchers, it took its name after the abundant “apaliries”, a kind of bush that sprouts there. It was erected in the first years of the Byzantine era, though probably there was already a fortification in the antiquity, because part of the wall is prehistoric. It was abandoned in the 13th... Read more

Naxos towers

  • Oct 23,2018

Today about 30 towers are preserved in the countryside of the island. They have been built by feudal Venetians in particular (and other Latin nobles) who used them as a base to exploit the real estate of the field they held. Their defensive line included battlements, murder holes, turrets, huge doors and small windows to protect the defenders. They were made of stone and had many floors and thick walls. Bazeos... Read more

Gardoumia

  • Jun 6,2017

Gardoumia is a special meze from lamb intestines that is made on the island of Naxos, just like in Crete; besides, the strong connections between the two islands are well-known. Meze holds a special place in the Greek culinary tradition and could be described as an appetizer, a treat to share with friends in a relaxed environment. Gardoumia is a popular dish among mountain and pastoral farming/shepherds’... Read more

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