Sagri

This village is located in one of the most fertile areas of Naxos and at a distance of 11km far from the port. Its residents deal with agriculture and livestock farming especially of cow breeding. It is about one of the most important villages regarding sights since it has picturesque windmills, byzantine churches and Venetian castles, as well. Next to the byzantine church of Panagia Orfani (meaning Virgin Mary the Orphan) the Tower of Palaiologos is located. According to its coat of arms, it was built in 1699 and it is a renovated and still habitable tower.

Moreover, in the settlement you will meet the Monastery of Agios Elefterios, which was used as a secret school during the Ottoman Rule. Nowadays, it houses the Folk Art Museum. Walking on its narrow picturesque streets you will meet the hospitable local people along with small traditional cafιs and restaurants with homemade food and fine products of local origin. Enjoy a snack or a glass of wine along with the locals or other visitors who often make a stopover in Sagri.
 
Another attraction is the Monastery of Holy Cross (“Timios Stavros”) or also known as Bazeos Tower that stands out in the whole region. You will find it a little bit before reaching the village. It is about a fortified monastery of 1600 which was in operation until 19th century. Today it belongs to Bazeos family and every summer it houses the famous Naxos Festival as well as a great deal of other exhibitions and cultural events. You can visit the place after paying an entrance fee.
 
Undoubtedly the visitors should spend much of their time in the archaeological site of Gyroulas, also known as the temple of goddess Demetra. It is located 3km out of Sagri and there are also road signs to lead you to this place, which is considered to be one of the most imposing sights of Naxos. The temple is completely made of white marble and it was built between 530 and 520 B.C. The temple was dedicated to the goddess Demetra until the 6th century when it was turned into a Christian church. It is rumoured that Parthenon is based on its pattern.
 
In the area there is also an extraordinary museum, awarded in 2004 for its absolute harmony with the natural setting around. You will also meet there several finds of the area obviously proving the sanctity of the place as well as some parts of the archaic temple that weren’t included in its restoration.
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