Naxos Orthodox Cathedral

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The Orthodox Cathedral of Naxos: Also called the Holy Orthodox Metropolitan Church, the Orthodox Cathedral was established in 1787 by Bishop Neophytos. The church is dedicated to Zoodochos Pigi(meaning life-giving source in Greek, an allusion to Virgin Mary) and is located next to the ancient site of Grotta and the Metropolis Museum.

A blend of materials taken from other temples and buildings was used for the cathedral's construction. It is suggested that the graphite pillars were brought from Delos, the sacred island of antiquity. In the interior, several icons that date back to Ottoman sovereignty are hosted. A gospel suspected to have been a donation of Empress Catherine of Russia stands out among other heirlooms.

In the front area of the church, relics of the 2nd and 1st millennium BC were discovered, including a tomb of Naxians of that period.

How to get there

The Orthodox Cathedral 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 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 car rental allows visitors to discover Chora 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 Chora and most areas of the island. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.

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