Lampadifories

For 25 years there has been a slowly growing tradition on the Saturday night the last weekend before the start of lent. It started spontaneously when a company, the Naxos Film Club, danced in the steps of the primordial Bacchus, spirit of Dionysos. Dionysos is the god of winemaking and wine, of fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, and theatre in ancient Greek religion and myth. Now the tradition has taken on a life of it’s own. For a few hours the streets of Chora are filled with uniform chanting, the soothing beat of drums, fire lights the way and light, smoke and colour fill the atmosphere. Starting at the top of the castle hoards paint their faces white and black, don white sheets, tie belts of straw around their waists and light torches. They celebrate, laugh and party until the wee hours. This year thousands poured to the streets to be part of the celebrations.

Fotodotis Monastery

Saffron

This Autumn I was determined to take the family out on walks. This was the first! To the monastery Fotodotis Danakos, Naxos.

History:

The Monastery of Fotodoti Christ is the oldest monastery of Naxos.

There are several theories about the date that was built. Others consider it was built in 1182 AD. and others in 1497 AD, on the debris of an ancient castle.

The years of Frankish rule are the peak of the monastery. Several years later he was recognized as a patron of the Monastery of Agios Ioannis the Theologian of Patmos. The hagiographies and inscriptions of the temple date from the Byzantine era.

The Tower and Monastery of Fotodotis Christ