Archaeological Sites & Historical Monuments

Coordinates: 37.084794, 25.147669

The Frankish Castle

The Frankish Castle is located at Parikia, the capital of the island. It was built in the 13th century by the Venetian Duke of Naxos, Marco Sanudo, in order to protect the area from pirate raids. From the castle hill there is an enchanting view to the sea. What is interesting about this specific castle is the fact that the structural materials that were used for its construction came from the ruins of ancient temples, which were located in the surrounding area. The observant visitor may also notice the architectural members that were incorporated into the castle's walls, as well as into the four small churches that are supported by the remaining walls. Of particular interest is the church of Agios Konstantinos, which has a roofed courtyard with a remarkable view to the sea. Part of the Frankish Castle fell into the sea, probably after a landslide.



Address: Parikia 84400

Access: On foot

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