The Jesuit Monastery in Kalamitsia, Naxos: In a walking distance of 2 km from the villages of Melanes, in the region of Kalamitsia, there is a deserted Jesuit Monastery. This monastery, also known as the Jesuit Palace, is surrounded by low hills and olive trees. Constructed in 1673 by the Jesuit monk Roberto Sauze, this monastery was constructed on the ruins of an older Venetian mansion. Its marvelous design, elegance and luxurious style provoked the reactions of the residents that time as this luxury was opposed to the supposedly austere life of the monks.
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The first years, this monastery was used as a place of meditation for Jesuit monks, but in the next years, it passed into the hands of other Catholic orders. The building has two storeys and many ancillary wings. Although it is totally deserted today, it is kept in relatively good condition. Visitors can see the kitchen, the laundry rooms, stables, and cells. As the building has not been restored, special attention is required during the visit.
How to get there
The Monastery of Kalamitsa is located in Melanes 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 Kalamitsa 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 Melanes 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.