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Vivlos-Tripodes

Tripodes the village of windmills.

Mills unforgettable, of my village beloved
Sometimes you gave in Tripodes life
Now in the elevation all three forgotten
Utmost seashore you caresses a blow...........
Emm.Mic.Dimitrokallis

As you look from the street at the graphic windmills “climbed up” the hill, you think it is a painting table. The village is located in the South-western part of the island in the passage for the marvellous beaches of Kastraki - Alikou and Pyrgaki without lack of an own beach, Plaka. Also, the village is well known for its history, the hospitality of the residents, the archaeological monuments as the Paliopyrgos of Plaka, the chappel of Ag. Matthaios, the Virgin Mary Tripodiotissa, the Stayropigi, the Plaka.

To Tripodes happened the same thing that happened to most of Naxos. Firstly a more ancient settlement of Tripodes in the beach of Plaka appears to exist, as it is proved by the ruins of the ancient Tower of Plaka and the ancient temple of Ag. Matthaios. Later, because of the fear of pirates and the devastating raids the settlement was transported inner, while the current position was defined in the years of Francs Domination and it became in one of the large village of  Livadi with the name Biblos or Tripodes.

The name is connected with the fairy tale of Tower of Plaka or Paliopyrgos. According to the fairy tale sometimes, the old king of Naxos put a bet with two young men in order to his only daughter choose the most capable one for her husband. The first feat was the manufacture of a Tower, the other one the transport of water from the Kampones to Chora. The two works had to be done in one day. The lads agreed between them one to make the Tower and the other one the aqueduct. Little before evening they reached the palace in the same time but then they fought and killed each other. The Princess by her sorrow that was lost the young men, put herself under oath to live in the Tower and made it an oracle. The evenings with starlight she sat in stool with three legs and staring at the stars. As soon as the day became she was going to the village and said in each one of the villagers what would happen in his life. One day the Tower collapsed and the Princess disappeared. The villagers brought in the village the tripod stool and from then and afterwards they named the village Tripodes. Above in this stool they wrote the first Community meetings in a Bible and thus were named Biblos.

In 1836 Naxos was divided in five Municipalities and between these and the Municipality of Biblos that included the villages Glinado, Agersani, Tripodes Sagkri, Potamia and Melanes. From 1912 is established the community Tripodes - Biblos that today numbers 807 permanent residents (census 2001) who deals with the agriculture, stock-farming and tourism. In the entry of the village the Virgin Mary the Tripodiotossa welcomes the visitor. According to the tradition Dame (Virgin Mary) indicates herself the place that she wanted to be built her church. The first day the residents began to build the church in Trio point but the church collapsed the very next morning and they saw a vigil candle burning in the position that the church is situated today. They dug and found the icon. In past times was one from the robust male monasteries of the island. The signs testify the age of the church from the 16th century while in the "ypoga"(basement) was a school up to the decade the ' 50.

It is a double-aisle temple with a very nice carven chancel screen. The bells still need three men's pair of hands in order to sound each Sunday and specifically in the feast of Novena of Virgin Mary on 23 August. The local residents and Athenian visitors honour her feast with litany around the village. In the evening follows a bender  in the square of village up to next morning.

If someone is in the village the day when celebrates the Ag. Paraskevi  on the 26th  of July he can follow the road to the chapel of Virgin Mary at Plaka to Light a candle in her glory . The locals look up to her and the day of her feast they do not work in order to honour her memory. After the Mass finishes, someone can enjoy the beautiful sandy beach and the immense sea of Kara. Whoever if someone is on vacations at the island on September, the fest of Stayropigi in 14th of the month at the homonym chapel little outside the village in the street to Kastraki, will compensate him. The graphic all-white chapel of Stayropigi is situated next to platans, oleanders and osiers. In the old days from the underground came out water, holy water. At summertime there is a scent in the area from the herbs and roses that grow up all around.

The village is beautiful in all seasons with the all-white houses, the monuments, the hospitality of the residents, the shops, the hotels, but also with the mores and the traditional customs.

Eirini Papadopoulou


   

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