The Church of Agios Mamas in Naxos, Cyclades: In a lush green valley in the region of Potamia Naxos, there is the Byzantine church of Agios Mamas, dating from the mid 9th century. This church is considered the oldest chapel on the island and has a very interesting architectural style. The roof is cross-shaped and in the interior, there are interesting sculptures and frescoes. Unfortunately, the interior is not open to the public as the church needs restoration.
Before the Venetian occupation of Cyclades in the Medieval times, the Church of Agios Mamas served as the Orthodox Cathedral of Naxos. After 1207, when the Venetians conquered the islands, the church was turned into a Catholic chapel. Agios Mamas, the protector of shepherds, was an important saint for the locals, as agriculture and cattle-breeding were the main income sources for Naxos. Access to this church is possible through a hiking path from Potamia.
How to get there
The Church of Agios Mamas is located in Potamia 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 Mamas 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 few buses from Chora to Potamia 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.