The Church of Panagia Protothrone is situated in the village of Halki, about 15 km southeast of Chora.
The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, as its name implies (Panagia is one of the Greek words for the Holy Mary). It was probably constructed during the first half of the 9th century.
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This small church has a unique style of architecture. It has been all washed in white and has only a few red tiles on the roof. Note that it constitutes one of the earliest churches built in the shape of a cross with a vaulted dome at its top.
Five layers of exquisite paintings date from the Early Christian, Middle Byzantine, and Late Byzantine periods.
The chapel of Agios Akindynos is located inside the Church of Panagia Protothrone.
A tiny ecclesiastical museum including icons, holy relics, and rare books lies next to the old, charming church, which still serves as a Christian Orthodox church.
How to get there
The Church of Panagia Protothrone is located in Halki village.
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 rental car allows visitors to discover Panagia Protothrone 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 several buses from Chora to Halki during the day. Lines 2, 6, and 7 are those that reach Halki. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.