Built in the prior location of a small chapel, the Orthodox Cathedral (the Metropolis of Naxos) was originally established in 1870 by Bishop Neophitos, while the building process was completed in 1878. 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. Findings of the Cycladic era can be visited on spot.
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The cathedral was constructed on a blend of materials taken from other temples and buildings, while it is suggested that the graphite pillars were brought from the island of Delos, the renowned ancient religious center. In the interior, several icons that date back to the times of the Ottoman sovereignty are hosted, while among other heirlooms a gospel that is suspected to have been a donation of Empress Catherine of Russia stands out.
How to get there
The Orthodox Cathedral is located in Chora, just a 5-minute walk away from the central bus station and 2 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 Orthodox 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.