Situated inside the Chora’s Castle (Kastro), near the Archaeological Museum, the Catholic Cathedral is an outstanding medieval monument that dates back in the 13th century.
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Constructed during the Venetian rule, under the supervision of Markos Sanoudos, the original temple has been restored between 1500-1600 AD by the prominent Catholic families of Naxos, whose donations are preserved to this day.
The temple exhibits particular historic and cultural interest, as it includes icons that combine western and eastern influences while a definite must-see is the prominent 11th century, a two-faceted icon of Virgin Mary and John the Baptist.
How to get there
The Catholic Cathedral is located in Chora, just an 8-minute walk away from the central bus station and 3 minutes from a parking lot.
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 Catholic Cathedral 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 bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island. 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.