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Landmarks of Naxos

Baseos Castle, the restored 17th century former monastery of Timios Stavros, is in the Sangri area. Exhibitions, musical and cultural events are held there during the summer.
Just behind Baseos Castle a footpath leads to the 13th century cave church of Kaloritissa (the church is locked, but with the help of a torch some of the frescoes can be seen)
There is a track further along which leads to the ruins of the former Byzantine castle Kastro t' Apalirou on top of a nearby mountain.
The fortified monastery of Fotodotis stands in virtually solitary splendour at a strategic point on the Eastern side of the island, with beautiful views across the surrounding country side, the deep blue of the Aegean and to some of the smaller Cycladic islands.
Apart from a single small farm, there is no other human habitation in the immediate vicinity. In the spring the wild oregano leaves its fragrance on the wind, and apart from the sound of birds and perhaps some goat bells there is a complete sense of peace and solitude.
  During the Venetian period and during the Turkish occupation many fortified mansions (pirgi, or tower houses) and monasteries were built.
They can still be found in strategic positions near the villages or near some of the coastal
Most of them are either locked or in a state disrepair. Some of them have been restored and are in private ownership.
They were also used as places of refuge during pirate raids throughout the centuries.
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