Besides Apollonas and Melanes, the locals discovered yet another impressive Kouros in a lying position within a field in the Flerio area, close to the Kouros of Melanes. At a distance of roughly 700 meters lies the also unfinished statue of a Kori. A Kori was the equivalent of a Kouros in the female version.
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Archaeological research shows that it dates back to 570 BC. Its height is one of the most impressive features, reaching almost 6 meters, while one leg is broken. The sculpture is assumed to be an order from a wealthy family and was left unfinished, with experts suggesting that it was probably damaged during the creation process and thus was abandoned in the mountainous region. The ancient quarry lies in proximity, so maybe the leg broke during the statue's transfer.
The technique used is characteristic of the Naxian sculpture, and the statue was named Ellinas (Greek) as it was considered to embody the virtues of the race and the ideal physical and personality traits a young male should have.
How to get there
The Melanes Kouros of Flerio is located in Melanes village.
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: Τhere's the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Kouros of Flerio and many other places of interest at their own pace.
Public transfers: The central bus station of the island is located at the port of Naxos. There are buses from Chora to Melanes during the day. Line 4 reaches Melanes. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.