Archeological sites in Naxos

The tombs at Tsikalario: In an extremely inaccessible position a cemetery of geometrical times was discovered. It consists of 3 circle shaped cairns with diameter from 3 to 12 meters dated back in 9th and 8th century. The enclosures are marked by elongated stones placed horizontally, a type of menir which is a unique phenomenon for Greek space. In the interior of the cairns there are ceramic and golden jewelry which are now on display in the archeological museum at Naxos.

Naxos Kouroi: The unfinished Kouros testifies the innovative spirit of the artisans of Archaic times and expresses the perception that gods althought gigantic do not cease to be anthropomorphic (human-like). The ancient Kouros that was located at the position Flerio in small distance from Melanos village is dated in the 7th century BC. The height of the statue is 6 meters and it is conventionally named The Greek it lies in a lying position in the ground in the middle of a private olive field un-removed from ancient times. Another kouros, 10 meters in height is found at the entrance of an ancient quarry outside the village of Apollo in the northern part of the island. It is dated in the 6th century and it represents god Dionysus.

Naxos Portara: This is the first construction that the visitor sees as he enters the port of Naxos by sea. It stands on an islet united with chora by a strip of land. It was part of an Ionic temple deicated probably to Apollo. The height of Portara is 6 meters and its width is 3,5 meters. Portara means Big door and the construction is like a big door.

Temple of Demeter at Gyroula: In the village of Ano Saveri south east of Chora and more specifically near the Monastery of Agios Ioannis of Gyroula there is a temple of Demeter , a monument of Ionic rhythm (530-520 BC).

Sanctuary of Dionysus in Yria: It lies in Yria whilst the headless statue that was found there is displayed in the archeological museum of Naxos.

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