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Sagri, Naxos Island

The tiny village of Sangri consists of two settlements: Ano (“upper”) Sangri and Kato (“lower”) Sangri. It counts some 250 permanent residents, occupied mostly in agriculture and stockbreeding and a bit in tourism. The village is situated at a distance of some 11 kilometers southeastern to the town of Naxos (Chora).

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Accommodation facilities are few in either settlement, but the village has many things worth seeing. Kato Sangri still retains its medieval character and arrangement and you will see several medieval towers, the most important being the Bazaios’ Tower, built in the 17th center. At the beginning the tower was a monastery. Today, the building has been restored and houses a lot of cultural activities of any kind, during the summer Festival of Naxos. The visitor can also see a lot of old churches, Byzantine and more recent, with interesting architectural features and nice well preserved hagiography.

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At a distance of 3 kilometers southern to Ano Sangri, at the site of “Gyroula” are found the ruins of the sanctuary of the ancient gods Demeter and Apollo , dated in the late Geometric period, whereas the place seems to have been settled as early as in the Mycenaean times. The sanctuary was succeeded by a temple, in the 6th century b.C. The excavations of the site have brought to light numerous finds, now displayed in the small local museum on the site. Today, we know that during the Christian era the ancient temple became a Christian basilica which was destroyed by the Saracens in the 7th century A.D. Later on, a small church dedicated to Aghios Ioannis (St. John) was constructed on the place of the sanctuary of the basilica; the small church was reconstructed in 1977, a bit southern.

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You will enjoy swimming at the organized beaches of the southwestern coast of the island.

In case of emergence, you should return to the town of Naxos, some 11 kilometers northwestern to the village.

Access to the village is possible by public buses, by taxi and by rented or private car and motorbikes.
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