Ipsilotera Monastery

Location: Galini   

The Monastery Tower of Ipsilotera in Naxos Cyclades: The beautiful Monastery Tower of Ipsilotera is located outside the village Galini, about 7 km north east of Chora. This fortified tower remains nowadays the strongest fortress on Naxos, as it seems to protect the island with its high location and strong walls.

This monastery tower was constructed in 1660 by Iakovos Kokkos, a nobleman of Christian Orthodox religion who was fighting against the dominance of the Frankish in Cyclades. The monastery of Ipsilotera is actually located inside the walls of Angelopoulos Tower, one of the most powerful towers of its time. This tower was used as base of operations or a hideaway for soldiers and citizens.

In the centre of the yard, there is the Byzantine church of Panagia Ipsilotera. The building has a round shape that looks like Glezos Tower in Chora with embrasures, bastions and large openings on the walls to put the canons and other weaponry.

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