More than 20 towers exist on Naxos Island, as a reminder of the island’s glorious history. Most have been built by the local noble families in strategically important locations. Only a few are operational in our days, serving either as museums or as houses. The rest are in desperate need of restoration.
The beginnings of the construction of towers on the island dates back to the end Middle Ages. However, towers were being built even as late as the 19th century. As a result, their architectural influences and the construction methods used are very different.
The towers of Naxos are a reminder of the island’s prosperity and turbulent past. They were built at times when piracy was at its highlight, posing a serious threat to the rich families and to the entire population of the island. As a result, their imposing positions served as an indication of its power to any potential intruders but at the same time they provided the ability to alert the entire island of an oncoming pirate invasion, in a very short time.