In a lush green valley in the region of Kato (Lower) Potamia lies the Byzantine church of Agios Mamas, dating from the mid-9th century. Saint Mamas, the protector of shepherds, was an important saint for the locals, as agriculture and cattle breeding were the prevailing income sources for Naxians.
This church is considered one of the oldest on the island and has an impressive architectural style. The roof is cross-shaped, while the interior features formidable sculptures and frescoes.
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Before the Venetian occupation of the Cyclades in Medieval times, the Church of Agios Mamas served as the Orthodox Cathedral of Naxos.
After 1207, when the Venetians conquered the islands, it became a Catholic chapel.
Access to the church is achievable on foot or by car. Unfortunately, the interior is not open to the public.
How to get there
The Church of Agios Mamas is located in Potamia village.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked 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 booking your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere's the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover Agios Mamas and many other places of interest at their own pace.
Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located at the Port of Naxos. There are few buses from Chora to Potamia during the day. Line 9 reaches Potamia. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.