The Museum of Naxos Ancient Town (Metropolis Museum) in Naxos: The Metropolis Museum, which actually belongs to the Cathedral of Naxos, is found right in front of the Zoodochos Pighi Church, at the town square of Naxos town. It is a small museum, built on top of the excavated sites, where an ancient Mycenaean town of the 11th century B.C. was found.
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This place is known as the archaeological site of Grotta and the exhibits include pieces of pottery, ancient graves, remains of residences, walls, and other buildings. Experts estimate that the acropolis of the settlement was built on the current location of Kastro (the Chora’s Castle).
The excavations at the ancient site were conducted between 1982 and 1985 and the preserved museum opened to the public in 1999. The location is well arranged and fitted with glass panels for the visitors to see the old findings and remnants of the Mycenaean and Geometric settlements. The city was reportedly deserted after the Mycenaean Era, probably because the inhabitants were afraid of the sea flooding. The remnants of this town were found underneath a Roman City, while another part of the ancient city appears to have sunk under the seabed, as a result of the geological changes during the centuries. Cemeteries of the same period can also be visited at Aplomata as well as Kamini.
How to get there
The Museum of Naxos Ancient Town is located in Chora, just a 5-minute walk away from the central bus station and 3 minutes from a parking lot.
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 Museum of Naxos Ancient Town 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 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.