Naxos museums

Archeological Museum of Naxos: Since 1973 the museum is housed in the castle of Chora in a building that was built in the 17th century. The museum hosts important findings from excavations in Naxos and the nearby island (Keros, Koufonissi and Donnousa), which are dated from the Neolithic to the late roman period. In the big hall (4) findings of the bronze age can be found. The collection of marble Cycladic figurines is considered the second largest and most complete in Greece, after the collection of the archeological museum of Athens.

In the museum several items of Cycladic era are on display among them are vases and utensils. There are also Mycenaean amphorae from the late Cycladic period 1400-1100 BC that have as themes birds, fishes and dancers. The exhibits of Geometrical times (900-700BC) are presented in the next two rooms (5+6).

In the north east of the island a large cemetery has been excavated with graves of the geometrical period. There is a number of big Amphorae that are decorated with circles and crosses as well as meanderings. Following in three small rooms (7,8,9) and in corridor (10) there are findings from the archaic till the roman times. In the only room of the basement lie the most important works of pottery as well as 5 Kouros bodies and a statue of a woman godess. In the terrace there is a mosaic from a roman residency.

Archeological Museum in Mitropoleos square: The museum is operating in the square of the metropolitan church in the castle of Chora. It is consisted of a specially formatted covered space of 400 square meters where the public has the opportunity to see the findings at the exact spot at which they were originally excavated. The information material combined with the findings reveals the transition from the Mycenaean to Geometrical times. The place there constitutes the residues of the Mycenaean city of Grotta (2nd millennium BC). There are also on display parts of the walls of the city and some stages of pottery creation.

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