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Naousa 


Naousa

Naousa, which is built in a safe gulf, in the northern shores of Paros, is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque harbours in the Aegean Sea. It has remarkable tourist development with dozens of hotels, rooms to let, camping, tourist agencies, 'rent-a-car' offices, restaurants, coffee houses, market and intense night life. Despite the comforts that this village offers to its summer visitors, Naousa remains the traditional fish village with the largest fishing fleet in Cyclades. This small protected fishermen village with the numerous fishing boats is the heart of Naousa. Nowadays the old warehouses of the fishermen have turned into bars, coffee houses and ouzeri where fresh fish is served. A walk in the centre of Naousa, through the small white streets, will reveal the beauty of this community which keeps its colour and its cast of features by combining the past with the present. Around Naousa we encounter lovely beaches in small or great distance (Piperi, Monastiri, Colympithres, St. Anargiroi, Laggeri and Santa Maria) A walk in time: because of its strategic location Naousa played an important part in the various eras of the island's history. The archaeological researches brought to light evidence of habitation in the area since the 3rd millennium B.C. In the south-western side of the gulf of Naousa, in the hill of Koukounaria, a very important village, alive from the Mycenaean age until the early archaic age, was discovered while in Plastira there was found an early Cycladic cemetery, and in it, distinctive statuettes. In the small island of Oikonomos, in the bay of Laggeri, it is a fortified village from the time of Archilohos (725-654 B.C.). The Venetian castle that is tossed about by the sea surrounds the port of Naousa from the north. The port of Naousa was the shelter of the pirates who were pillaging both the village and the island very often. In 1770, Naousa became the centre of the Russian dominance in the Aegean Sea. The Russians had their headquarters in the island of Agia Kali, in the centre of the gulf. In Naousa and around it, there are 6 monasteries but the one that won fame is the monastery of Loggovarda. Also, there are 13 churches with elaborate icon screens marvellous religious paintings and great architectural interest. In the south-east part of Naousa and of Saint John the Detis (17th century) in the cape of Korakas, in the northern edge of the island. South of Naousa, in the location Protoria, there is a small abandoned church decorated with brilliant murals of the 12th and 13th century that have been transferred to the museum of Naousa. Inside Naousa, in the eastern hillock stands the metropolitan church of the Assumption of the Virgin (19th century). In the west entrance of Naousa we are welcomed by the monastery of Agios Athanasios (17th century) where it is housed the Byzantine museum of Naousa. In a small path near the port there are the wrecks of the medieval church of Saint George. Other churches of Naousa are Saint John the Theologian with interesting murals, the church of the Annunciation, Theoskepasti (16th century), Assumption of the Virgin, Saint Nicolas the Mostratos and the small church of Saint Nicolas of the Harbour, patron of fishing and surfing boats.

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