The Church of Panagia Protothrone in Halki, Naxos: The Church of Panagia Protothrone is situated in the village of Halki, about 15 km to the southeast of Chora. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, as its name implies. It was probably built in the first half of the 9th century. 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 this church is one of the earliest churches to have been built in the shape of a cross with a vaulted dome at its top.
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The chapel of Agios Akindynos is situated inside the Church of Panagia Protothrone. Five layers of exquisite paintings date from the Early Christian, Middle Byzantine and Late Byzantine periods. A small ecclesiastical museum that includes icons, holy relics, and rare books is found next to this old and charming church, which still functions today 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 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 Church of Panagia Protothrone 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 several buses from Chora to Halki during the day. 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.