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The watchtowers

There are many watchtowers at key points on the entire island and they date back to the Hellenistic period approximately (3rd-2nd century BC). These towers were used for defensive purposes as watchtowers. On the book of archaeologist Mrs Lila Marangou “Archei Pyrgi” there is a map with the 23 towers that were found until 1999. Today the tower of Agia Triada (or tower in Chorio), at Terlaki and Rihti are preserved in good condition.    
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The Tower of Agia Triada

t is located in the district of Arkesini, near the settlement in Chorio and it is built on a low hill. This sturdy building is the best-preserved tower of rectangle shape in the Cyclades. It dates back to the 4th century BC and it is believed that it was used for defensive purposes and as a ‘fryctoria’, for the transmission of light signals to the other towers with which it was directly connected. It was used, though, as a residence as well.
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