The church of Agios Georgios Diasoritis in Naxos Greece, Cyclades: Quite close to the picturesque village of Halki, in the path that leads towards the Monoitsia settlement, visitors can find a small yet impressive church that is dedicated to Saint George.
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Built in an idyllic mountainous region, in the valley of Tragaia, the church is estimated to have been constructed upon the remains of an ancient temple and dates back to the 11th century. The architectural style it exhibits is quite rare for the region of Naxos, as it is a Byzantine edifice that belongs to the cruciform genre with symmetric lines and a dome. The church is built upon four columns and features impressive stone arches, as well as includes tombs, most of which are empty and pre-existed its resurgence.
What is most striking regarding the temple is its interior, which is evidently the work of a skillful artist. The enchanting frescoes are well-preserved to this day and impress with their colors as well as elaborate style and illustrations. The most prominent ones portray Saint George, the archangel Michael and Saint John, while others depict major celebrations of Christianity.
How to get there
The Church of Agios Georgios Diasoritis is located in Halki village.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Naxos transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 22850 25835, 0030 22850 24829 or book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Naxos with as little as 15 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the church of Agios Georgios Diasoritis and many other places of interest in Naxos at their own pace.
Public transfers: The central bus station of the island is located at the port of Naxos. There are several buses from Chora to Halki during the day. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.