A few kilometers away from the bright blue waters of Agiassos bay in the southwest part of Naxos, one can encounter the seemingly-hanging whitened chapel of Agios Sozon.
The chapel is accessible on foot (40 mn from Agiassos) or by boat.
Traditionally regarded as the protector of sailors, Agios Sozon's worship is celebrated in the villages of the mainland and coastal regions.
His name translates into Greek as "savior". Sailors often invoke him to save them from rough seas, saying "Holy Savior, save us!"
The small chapel with the cone-shaped dome is considered to date back to the Byzantine era, having been built as a vow of a merchant, who, during a shipwreck, swore to raise a church in honor of Agios Sozon in case the grace of the Saint helped him survive the incident. Reportedly, as his merchandise was mainly wine and oil, he placed these ingredients in the chapel's foundations.
Agios Sozon is accessible by taking the hiking path that begins from the beach of Agiassos, while you can also reach the chapel by boat.
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: There's the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover Agios Sozon and many other places of interest at their own pace.