Tower of Bisti – Mouvela

Sign of the glorious past of Andros

Tower of Bisti – Mouvela is one of the characteristic architectural remains of the glorious past of the island. It is a tall square tower of the lords of the 17th-19th century. It had underground storage and many rooms, while access was via escalator and elevated window.

The three-story Tower of Bisti – Mouvela is located in the village of Stenies in Andros, with the inscription “Stamatelos Bistis” on the facade (1734). The Tower of Bisti and the rest of the towers on the island evolved after the 19th century.

About the Bistis Tower

The building went through three phases of reconstruction. The first started in the 13th century. It was built on the ruins of a square tower, which was probably medieval or Byzantine. Its entrance was from the door of the catwalk. The windows were small and each had its own “heater” for protection (a construction that poured hot oil or water on the attackers).

In the existing building, were built two side walls for support also extended the area of ​​the tower. An auxiliary building was built on the roof, which was later converted into a dovecote, closing both windows. The building belongs to the Municipality of the island since 2006. Its restoration has been launched with private funding. 


Stenies, Andros


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