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Galini, Naxos, Cyclades,South Aegean

Tower of Ypsilotera

  
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Tower of Ypsilotera
Location:
1 km to the NW from the village Galini in Naxos, Cyclades
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
South Aegean
Cyclades
Municipality > Town:
City of Naxos
• Galini
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 110 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
1660  
Post-BYZANTINE
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Castle Type   Condition
Castle-Monastery  
Average
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The fortified tower of Ypsilotera is a monastery and, moreover, the strongest fortress on the island of Naxos. Initially, it must have been a regular fortress and after various modifications over the centuries, it became a monastery.


History

It was founded in 1660 by Iacovos Kokkos who came of a family of Greek-orthodox nobles who strongly opposed the Venetian administration and the feudalism that continued to prevail in the island, long after the Venetians had gone.


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