The Monastery of Christ Fotodotis in Danakos, Naxos Cyclades: North of Danakos village is a short track road of 1 km that leads to the Monastery of Fotodotis Christ. The name of this monastery means Christ who gives the light and it is found at an altitude of 500m, on top of a hill with a fantastic view to the sea and Donoussa island.
The architecture of this monastery looks intensively like a fortress. Originally the monastery was founded in the 6th century AD and tradition says that it was constructed by a Byzantine princess after she was saved by the rough sea in the region. In the 16th century AD, the three-aisled basilica was turned into a domed church. Fortification walls were also constructed around the church, giving to the monastery its present form.
The interior of the church has fantastic frescoes dating from the Medieval times. At the yard, there is a large plane tree, while the region is rich in oak trees, fig trees, and vineyards. The Monastery of Fotodotis celebrates on August 6th and attracts many pilgrims from the close villages of Danakos and Filoti.
How to get there
The Monastery of Christ Fotodotis is located in Danakos 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 Monastery of Christ Fotodotis 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 Danakos some days of the week. 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.