Venetian Towers
Venetian Towers
Venetian Towers

The Naxian landscape is filled with towers which are the majestic remains of many years of Venetian rule on the island. Built with local stone, the two or three storey towers with turrets, bastions and marble reliefs in their facades are found mainly in the hinterland of the island, where the feudal lords had their estates. Today only about thirty remain. Some are unrepairable, while others have been restored and inhabited.

The Bazeos Tower near Sagkri exemplifies a characteristically restored tower. It was built ing around 1600 and served as a convent until the early 19th century. Since 2000, it has been used as a cultural centre, hosting art exhibitions, theatrical performances, concerts and other cultural events in the the famous Naxos Festival (open only in summer, daily 10.00-17.00, admission: €5/full price, €3/reduced, tel +30 22850 31402,

The grand Gratsia-Barozzi Tower in Chalki impresses with both its size and construction. It's quite a significant 17th century building, with three-stories, strong walls, barred windows and a turret tower with a perforated floor from where the defenders poured boiling oil on attackers.

Bardanis and Zevgolis Tower in mountainous Apeiranthos village are notable, as they are among the few which have been built a high altitude.

In the area of Kastro in Naxos' Chora, you'll come across the Glezou-Crispi Tower (a.k.a. Aperathitissa Tower), which now houses the Byzantine Museum. It is the only surviving of the surrounding towers of the medieval castle, but also unique in that Naxos has attached circular tower to it.

The important towers which are still preserved are those of Belonia (Galanado), Fragkopoulos (Kourounochori), Barozzi (Filoti), Agias (on the way to Apollonas) and the Ipsilis or Ipsiloteras (Galini).