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Keramoti

Keramoti is α mountainous traditional village, lost in the rich vegetation, in the bottom of the dell between mountains Koronos, Atraliki and Vouno. It is constituted by almost 80 houses, from which the most remain uninhabited in the winter. At the inventory of 2001, the village had 76 residents.

It is located in the centre of the island and is connected via the bigger road network in mountainous Naxos, (cross-road of Stavros Keramoti) and with three rural streets with the villages Apeirantho, Koronos, Kynidaros and Moni. In this spot is situated a small church, dedicated to the Rise of Cross, that gave the name to the cross-road. The location of the church is unique, because someone can see the eastern and western coasts of Naxos.

Keramoti, from 1999, belongs to municipality of Drymalia of Naxos and is one of the eleven Local Apartments of Municipality. It is 25 km far from Chora and with Apeirantho, Korono and Komiaki they are the emery-villages (excavation of emery) of Naxos.

The name was given to the village because of  the its shape that resembles as a tile (keramos).

In the North and in the South of Keramoti are the springs of the two most important rivers of Naxos, the one up Koronos mountain and the other up Fanari Mountain. This two rivers are united at the western part of the village, in "dipotamata"point and therefore continues to flow as a single river to the west and shapes up the unique waterfall in Naxos of 6 metres, flows to the village Eggares irrigating the area and debouch to the sea. The running waters, that maintain their flow even in summertime, offers to the village a all green  breath-taking beauty, that abstains a lot from the usual cycladic landscape. The life of village in the past, was unbreakably connected with  water, as it is testified by the two devastated watermills, the traditional wash-house and the bridge.

The residents of Keramoti, are characterized by the simplicity and the hospitality of the locals in the traditional mountainous villages of Naxos. There is a traditional song that talks exactly about that: "Keramoti and Danako they do not have a person bad..."

Main occupations of residents are the agriculture, the livestock-farming and the apiculture, while the village is famous for the wine and the honey.

Keramoti is thus structured, that the entry of cars in narrow alleys is not allowed and this way maintains the traditional character. In the centre of the village is situated the square or "platsa", as it is called by the locals. "Platsa" was in the past the point of meeting of the villagers. A little below "platsa", is situated the only cafe of the village, as the new point of gathering. In Keramoti used to operate an elementary school that nowadays remains closed because of the lack of children. The school lives up once a year, as in the last years the events for the Stayroproskynisi festival are hosted there, with folkloric music, dance, local dishes and local wine.

The church of the village is dedicated to Saint Ioannis Theologos and in the ground yard of it exists a folklore museum.

Electricity was energised to the village in the dues of decade 1960, while the road connection of village with the road axis of Country - Apeiranthos – Apollonas was made in the decade 1970 with subsidy of the Prefecture of Cyclades. In the same decade was made the water-supply of all the houses.

The visitors of the village should not miss the chance to walk in graphic alleys of the village and rest in the shade of platans in the old bridge of southern river, to be refreshed by drinking water from the springs, to visit the watermill and the old olive press in the square ("platsa") and to conclude your tour by drinking rake in the cafe and con-sociating with the hospitable residents.

Maybe Keramoti does not have the accommodations of the seasonal centres of the island, but it constitutes one of the few traditional settlements of Naxos, that have remained untouched by the time. The picturesqueness and the landscape of the village make the visitor to feel calm and to admire the beauty of the simplicity. A beauty that declines, a beauty that constitutes a reality that disappears, as long as the delivery is abandoned, as long as the beautiful villages are depopulated...

Apostolis Fyrogenis



Sources: 

1.       www.drymalianaxos.gr (Εleana Fyrogeni)

2.       el.wikipedia.org

3.       www.greecephotos.gr

 

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