The Monastery of Agios Ioannis Chryssostomos is located on the hill of Grota, 3 kilometers away from Naxos Town, offering a breathtaking panoramic view to the Aegean Sea and the neighboring Cyclades.
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The monastery has been established in the early 13th century BC and is dedicated to Saint John, while it has been operating as a female abbey ever since.
It is a fortified building that exhibits the characteristics of the traditional Cycladic architecture, as well as has medieval attributes, such as scaldings that were used to confront pirate attacks.
The monastery was restored during the 18th century by Andronikos Pradounas, while the interior of the monastery includes a chapel dedicated to Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas), where visitors can see various icons from the Byzantine era, with the infamous silver icon of Agios Ioannis that dates back to 1818 standing out.
How to get there
The Monastery of Agios Ioannis Chryssostomos is located in Chora.
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 book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car 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 Agios Ioannis Chryssostomos and many other places of interest at their own pace.