The Tower of Agia in Naxos Greece, Cyclades is a Naxos sightseeing edifice of special historic interest worth the visit. The tower is 28 Km from Naxos town, in the northern side of Naxos on the way to Apollonas, or 6 km from Apollonas village on the way to Chora, easily accessible via an asphalt road. The imposing tower has a strategic location that enabled an excellent view of the northwestern part of the island, and offers spectacular views to the Aegean Sea. Its function was to help warn for approaching enemies, and control and supervise the northern section of the island. Invaders could be spotted from afar.
It is estimated that the tower was built during the 17th century, and is an architectural example of the post-Byzantine era. It followed the building traditional style of the times in Cyclades. The tower of Agia was originally made of Naxian stone, it had 3 floors, a soundproofing wooden floor made from a wild cypress wood (locals call it fida), a steep staircase to the 2nd floor, and was the resort home to the noble family of Grains (Kokkos in Greek). Those times, the wealthy families would retreat to summer houses to coastal spots from late spring till late autumn, followed by servants who would take up the household and agricultural operations.
Today remains a dilapidated structure due to a fire that severely damaged the tower,except the battlements and the walls. Since then no attempts have been made to reconstruct it, and the tower has fallen apart in the cause of time. In the surrounding area, one can find remainings of the old oil press and warehouses. In a small distance, built at an altitude of 220 meters, visitors can also see the Monastery of Agia, which is dedicated to the Holy Mary. On the coast behind the tower there is a small pristine beach.
The Agia tower is indicated by a sign and can be clearly seen from the road.
The Monastery of Agia Naxos Sightseeing
In a secluded lush valley, nearby the Tower of Agia, there is this small monastery named Agia, dating back to the 11th or 12th century. The main church of the monaster is a basilica with three naves, and it’s dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. Next to it lies a small chapel of the Saint Lesbia. During the Venetian period the Monastery was taken over by the Catholic conquerors, but returned to the Orthodox Church at the end of the Catholic reign in 1559. It’s celebrated on the 15th of August, with many people gathering here from all over the island. The surroundign area of the monastery is the magic! Beautiful lush landscape and views. Nature lovers would enjoy this Naxos sightseeing spot with its tranquil environment. There is a natural water spring here with drinkable water. Chill out under these trees here, and enjoy the light, the color and the sounds from nature, the running water, the sea views, the chirping of the birds.