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Sacred sites and religious monuments embellish the island of Naxos like little jewels. The historic monuments of Naxos associate with many civilizations, but the most important of them date from the Venetian period. Catholic monks also played an important role in the foundation of churches and monasteries, most of which can be seen even today.
Among the countless churches of Naxos that will draw your attention is Panagia Myrtidiotissa, located in the old port, on top of a reef looking towards the Portara, the trademark of Naxos. A couple kilometers from the capital, on the slopes of a mountain stands the 17th century Monastery of Agios Ioannis Chrissostomos. In the surroundings of the Venetian castle is the Catholic cathedral of Naxos. The Orthodox cathedral lies in Grota area, in the north side of the capital, dedicated to Zoodochos Pigis (Life-giving source).
Some kilometers away from the main village is the church of Panagia Drosiani, one of the oldest Christian structures in Europe where many people attend the church service. One of the best examples of Byzantine architecture is Panagia Protothrone, built in Halki between 9th and 10th century.
Outside the village of Galini is the monastery of Ipsilotera. Up to this day, it is considered the strongest fortress of the island and it is located within the Angelopoulos Tower. It played a major role during the battle with the Venetians. Among the oldest churches of Naxos is the church of Agios Mamas, patron of shepherds dating from the 9th century but not easily accessible.
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