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Agios Andreas

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Source: Pascal Brackman

The Acropolis of Aghios Andreas was a major link in the island's communication network with towers. Thucydides writes about the system of signalling using fire and smoke. There were 76 ancient towers dotted all over the island. They are all round and they have been built between 6th and the 3rd century B.C. after a violent invasion of fugitives from Samos. The towers were probably used not only as beacon and sign towers, but also as fortresses, guard towers and even storehouses. Later on, the network has been developed and the signals exchanging system has been spread all over the island. Did you know once a year the towers communication system is used again. Volunteers light up the towers bringing back to life the ancient monuments of Sifnos for one day. The event takes place on the Pentecost Sunday, in the afternoon, since 2006. Depending when Easter takes place, this is May or June.

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