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Danakos, Naxos, Cyclades,South Aegean

Monastery of Photodotis Christ

  
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Monastery of Photodotis Christ
Location:
On a slope NW of the village Danakos in Naxos, Cyclades
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
South Aegean
Cyclades
Municipality > Town:
City of Naxos
• Danakos
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 570 m 
(Relative Height≈170 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
12th century  
BYZANTINE
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Castle Type   Condition
Castle-Monastery  
Average
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The oldest monastery in Naxos. The pictures and wall paintings date it back to the Byzantine era.

During the occupation by the Venetians -from 1207 and for three and a half centuries- new buildings and fortifications were added and the monument took its current form that resembles a medieval castle.


History

According to one of the theories for the origin of the monastery, it was built in the 12th century by one of the sons of Emperor Alexios Komnenos.

When the "Latins" came (in the case of Naxos, the Latins were Venetians) the monastery was given to the Order of Saint Benedict by Marco Sanudio, the Lord of Naxos.

When the Turks came, the monastery was taken from the Catholic Church and became a dependancy of the monastery of Saint John of Patmos.




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