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From my previous photo, I started a series to present you some architecture details from the most famous village in Naxos, "Aperanthos".

The village Aperathou is located in the glacis of a hill in Eastern feet of mountain range of Fanaria. As a remarkable village it is reported already on the 1413 from the sightseer Christoforo Bouodelmonti.
The name of the village “Aperathou” it is founded in the general fall of the greek language from the first time we find it written in traditional texts. Maybe the village was named after a resident whose name was “Perathos”.
Apeirantho "baptized" the village some unknown scholar, few years before the Revolution of 1821, thinking that this way the name of the village was more archaic formal.
In our days we have the chance to found ourselves, walk, enjoy ourselves in one of the most nice traditional settlements in Greece, that still keep up an especial character.
It was called "marble village'", because of the marble existing everywhere, in the streets, in the houses and the light of the sun up in the sky of the Aegean Sea is reflecting all over the village.
The village is situated around two Towers that were probably built, the 17th century and were owned by Francs landholders.
Each corner/spot of the village shows the particular traditional architecture, which is obvious in the forms of anefano (chimneys), that make the village seem as a valley of Anefanos.
The Aperathean linguistic idiom rescues ancient Greek and Byzantine characteristics. Are maintained customs as “Koydoynatoi” at Carnival time, as the tradition in weaving/textile and as the aperathean song, the faculty of men and women "to speak" with verses -Aperathou is the village that versify-.All these make the village a special place between the other specials in Aegean Sea.
The tradition of the village has the roots in the Byzantine ages and in antiquity as it is testified by the existing monuments.
In the Archaeological Museum (also deserve our interest, the Folklore museum, the Geological museum ,the Natural History museum, the Library N. Glezou, the Textile Cooperative of Women) mainly exist discoveries of Cycladic Ages, that is to say by the 3rd millennium B.C., as the “epikroustes plates” of Korfis Aroniou.
The economic and artistic blossoming in the Byzantine years is testified by churches with running layers of murals from the season of Iconoclasm until the 13th century. Saint Kiriaki, with the eminent abstract representations of birds with ribbons in the neck, is a unique monument in Balkans.
A place of pasturages and farmers, emery excavators, poets, persons of letters, art, policy, “Aperathou” prides for his "authenticity".
(www.naxos.gr)

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