Naxos Ipsilotera Monastery

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Location: Galini

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

The monastery tower was constructed in 1660 by Iakovos Kokkos, an Orthodox nobleman fighting against the dominance of the Venetians in the Cyclades.
The monastery of Ipsilotera is located inside the walls of Angelopoulos Tower, one of the most potent towers of its time. It was used as the base of operations or a hideaway for soldiers and citizens.
In the center of the yard lies 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.

How to get there

The Monastery of Ipsilotera is located in Galini Village.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 22850 25835, 0030 22850 24829, or booking your taxi online.

Car rental: Τhere's the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Monastery of Ipsilotera and many other places of interest at their own pace.

Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located at the Port of Naxos. There are buses from Chora to Galini during the day. Line 5 reaches Galini. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.



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