Sightseeing Chora of Naxos
A walk through the town will give you the chance to visit its main sights. Do not forget to visit:
- "Portara”: A marble gate dating back to 6th century B.C. which formed part of ancient temple of Apollo. It is situated at the port entrance.
- The castle, an impressive monument associated with the long Venetian occupation of Naxos (1204-1537).
- The boarding school of Ursulines situated at the highest point of the castle.
- The archaeological site of Grotta located at the northern part of Chora, where you can observe the ruins of the Mycenaean capital of Naxos (1300 B.C.)
- Panaghia Vlacherniotissa church with a remarkable wood-carved chancel and Panaghia Myrtidiotissa chapel at the port.
- The cathedral of Zoodochos Pigi (Life-Giving font of Virgin Mary).
- The Archaeological Museum exhibiting findings dating back from the Late Neolithic until the Paleochristian period.
- The Monastery of Aghios Ioannis Chrysostomos.
- The Town Hall building housing the municipal library, the municipal theater, the municipal philharmonic orchestra and the Model Library of University Textbooks.
- Belonia Tower (6 km SE): the residence of the Venetian lord of the region with the twin (orthodox – catholic) Aghios Ioannis church.
- Dionysos sanctuary (6th century B.C.): an official sanctuary of Naxos in “Yria”, 10 km SE of Chora.