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Plaka Tower

Plaka Tower on Naxos, also known as Paleopyrgos or Ariadne’s Tower, with its bastions and the huge boulders at its foundations, must have made an impressive sight in its heyday, giving rise to many legends and folktales regarding its construction.
 
Standing at the foot of Stroumpoulas hill, about 2km outside Tripodes, it was most likely used as an observatory that would give advance warning with smoke or other visual signals of approaching pirate ships at Naxos.
 
The remains of Plaka tower on Naxos today comprise the huge foundation boulders, each measuring 2x0.5m, and a section of the northern wall, featuring a window, a bastion and stone stairs leading to smaller bastions.