Greece City: Naxos

On the island of Naxos there is only one large port – Naxos (traditionally for the cike more often called Choir), which is both the largest city at the same time, and the capital.

The long dam, built to protect the harbor from the north, connects the city with the island of the package (Palatia), on which, according to legend, Teshesy was deceived by Dionysis on the way from the island of Crete, after which God of winemaking and married Ariadne (for another version of the Kratsky Daughter It was killed here arles of Artemis to learn all the same Dionysus). The call card is the island – the stone of the portor is actually the door of the temple of Apollo, based on the order of the Tirana of Ligdamis approximately in 530 BC. NS., but never and not completed.


Immediately behind the dam, a picturesque panorama of the port with his eternally crowded Esplanda, which begins an extensive network of narrow streets and overlapped with arches, leading through the old town Burgos To the impressive Fortress Castro, built by Venetian merchant and part-time РDuke of Naxos Marco Sanudo in the XIII century. Only two of the original castle towers are preserved Рthe Northern Gate of Apolonos, or Trani Ports ("Large gate"), and the tower of crispi, or Glózos. But its powerful walls almost did not suffer and still constitute a striking contrast with white-beed houses of the enterprise region.

Interestingly, in the surrounding fortress of rich mansions still live descendants of Venetians, to which clearly indicate well-preserved ancient coat of arms over doorways. One mansion next to the trash port is given under Venetian Museum (Open daily from 10.00 to 15.00 and from 19.00 to 21.00, in July – August – up to 23.00; 5 euros), in which, in addition to the classic collection on the history of the island, you can make a two-hour castle tour, tasting in a wine jet or listen to the concerts of classical music (usually pass in the building itself or in an adjacent courtyard). Nearby are located Catholic cathedral XIII century, Women’s monastery Ursulinka (XVII B.), French commercial school in the complex Jesuit College (1627 g.), as well as the school of Nikos Kazantakis, in which the superior Archaeological Museum (open from Thursday to Sunday from 8.30 to 15.00; 3 euros) with finds from Naxos, Kufonisi, Keros and Donuses. And in the very center of the castle complex, a simple stone is towers – everything that remains from the rectangular tower, which served the residence itself of the duke of the bath.

Good Archaeological site Located just a few minutes on foot on the east of the harbor. The cultural reservoir of the Mycena city is opened here. And before Orthodox Metropolos Cathedral The Museum is open, showing the recently elected cemetery of the XIII century to N. NS. – XI century N. NS. with funeral cameras of a variety of eras and rulers (the oldest burial here is dating approximately 3200 a year before. NS.).

Cities of Greece Naxos


Most entertainment venues of the city concentrated in the southern end of the coastline, where most of the most popular bars, cafes and clubs are located.

Tourist office

Not far away, on the embankment near the pier, the information tourist bureau of Naxos (phones: 22-850, 25-201, 22-850 and 25-200), which can offer several good tours and various reference materials in the city and island.

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