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PALIA CHORA

Chora -the capital and main harbour of Naxos- is a busy town, built on a sloping hill, with the Venetian fortress lording over its streets. In the fortress’ shade, the Old Town with its narrow arched streets and low ceilinged Cycladic structures, is home to the Archaeological museum. The museum, housed in the 17th century Jesuit Commercial School, showcases works of art dating from Neolithic to Early Christian times.

KASTRO

Built by the Crusader conqueror of the Cyclades, Marco Sanudo in 1207, it became the capital of the Duchy. Notice the Barozzi and Crispi family crests over the fort’s main entrance and inner portico respectively. In its labyrinthine streets, you will experience a Medieval taste of Naxos and marvel at the Catholic cathedral and its impressive bell tower.

PORTARA

The giant marble gate, the only remaining part of the temple of Apollo, stands on the small peninsula of Palatia, at the port’s entrance. It is Naxos’ absolute landmark. Consisting of four pieces of marble, the Portara is over 6 meters in height and weighs 20 tons. The temple’s building -dating from the 6th century BC- began under the tyrant Lygdamis, remaining unfinished due to the fall of tyranny. Thousands of modern tourists enjoy Portara and the amazing photo opportunities it offers during sunset.

PALIA CHORA

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Chora -the capital and main harbour of Naxos- is a busy town, built on a sloping hill, with the Venetian fortress lording over its streets. In the fortress’ shade, the Old Town with its narrow arched streets and low ceilinged Cycladic structures, is home to the Archaeological museum. The museum, housed in the 17th century Jesuit Commercial School, showcases works of art dating from Neolithic to Early Christian times.
Opening hours: Apr-Oct, Tu-Su 09:00-16:00

Ticket price: 3 euros


Info
Archaeological Museum: +30 2285022725

KASTRO

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Built by the Crusader conqueror of the Cyclades, Marco Sanudo in 1207, it became the capital of the Duchy. Notice the Barozzi and Crispi family crests over the fort’s main entrance and inner portico respectively. In its labyrinthine streets, you will experience a Medieval taste of Naxos and marvel at the Catholic cathedral and its impressive bell tower.


PORTARA

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The giant marble gate, the only remaining part of the temple of Apollo, stands on the small peninsula of Palatia, at the port’s entrance. It is Naxos’ absolute landmark. Consisting of four pieces of marble, the Portara is over 6 meters in height and weighs 20 tons. The temple’s building -dating from the 6th century BC- began under the tyrant Lygdamis, remaining unfinished due to the fall of tyranny. Thousands of modern tourists enjoy Portara and the amazing photo opportunities it offers during sunset.
SETTLEMENT OF APOLLO
On top of Kastraki hill, follow the sign to the “sacred village of Apollo” . This is the spot where marble was excavated during antiquity. A short distance from the quarry, a gigantic Kouros statue lies on the ground, a long forgotten offering to the god Dionysos. The kouros –dated to the 6th century BC- is one of the oldest ever found.


BYZANTINE MONUMENTS

Naxos’ boasts the most fresco decorated churches in the Cyclades, while the number of Byzantine monuments is comparable only to Mani’s. Visit the most important ones:
Panagia "Apeirathitissa": Richly decorated with successive layers of Byzantine frescoes. Notice the marble decorative elements and the rare icons.
Agia Kyriaki: Also located in Apeiranthos, the church is decorated with rich frescoes, depicting animalistic Bible scenes.
Protothroni in Chalki: The largest of the island’s post Byzantine churches, its frescoes are unique.
Panagia Drosiani in Moni village: The best preserved of the island’s Late Christian monuments, it testifies the great artistic quality of 7th century AD painting.

TEMPLE OF DEMETRA

Located in the area of Tsagkri, it is one of the island’s most important ancient monuments. Dating from the mid-6th century BC, the temple is built in the Ionian style and made entirely out of white marble.

BAZEOS TOWER

The tower –built in the 17th century- is a marvellous example of Post-byzantine monastic architecture. Located in the area of Sagkri, it served as a monastery until the early 19th century, to be converted today into a cultural center, hosting concerts, seminars, lectures and theatrical performances).

BYZANTINE MONUMENTS

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Naxos’ boasts the most fresco decorated churches in the Cyclades, while the number of Byzantine monuments is comparable only to Mani’s. Visit the most important ones:
Panagia i Apeirathitissa: Richly decorated with successive layers of Byzantine frescoes. Notice the marble decorative elements and the rare icons.
Agia Kyriaki: Also located in Apeiranthos, the church is decorated with rich frescoes, depicting animalistic Bible scenes.
Protothroni in Chalki: The largest of the island’s post Byzantine churches, its frescoes are unique.
Panagia Drosiani in Moni village: The best preserved of the island’s Late Christian monuments, it testifies the great artistic quality of 7th century AD painting.


TEMPLE OF DEMETRA

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Located in the area of Tsagkri, it is one of the island’s most important ancient monuments. Dating from the mid-6th century BC, the temple is built in the Ionian style and made entirely out of white marble.


BAZEOS TOWER

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The tower –built in the 17th century- is a marvellous example of Post-byzantine monastic architecture. Located in the area of Sagkri, it served as a monastery until the early 19th century, to be converted today into a cultural center, hosting concerts, seminars, lectures and theatrical performances).