Monastery of Fotodotis

Location: Danakos   

The Monastery of Christi Fotodotis in Danakos, Naxos Cyclades: North of Danakos village is a short track road of 1 km that leads to the Monastery of Fotodotis Christ. The name of this monastery means Christ who gives the light and it is found at an altitude of 500m, on top of a hill with a fantastic view to the sea and Donoussa island.

The architecture of this monastery looks intensively like a fortress. Originally the monastery was founded in the 6th century AD and tradition says that it was constructed by a Byzantine princess after she was saved by the rough sea in the region. In the 16th century AD, the three-aisled basilica was turned into a domed church. Fortification walls were also constructed around the church, giving to the monastery its present form.

The interior of the church has fantastic frescoes dating from the Medieval times. At the yard, there is a large plane tree, while the region is rich in oak trees, fig trees, and vineyards. The Monastery of Fotodotis celebrates on August 6th and attracts many pilgrims from the close villages of Danakos and Filoti.

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