Naxos, the biggest and the most luxuriant Island of the Cyclades, is well-known not only for its very long beaches and its beautiful sea, but also for archaeology and its Byzantine treasures.
As a matter of fact Naxos has many surprises in store for those who love discovering the most evocative places of the Island going back over its history…
Several archaeological finds show the existence of a society developed from the end of the Neolithic era (at the end of the 4th millennium BC) when it reached the height of its splendour. It became almost the most important Island of the Cyclades, around the 7th and the 6th century BC, developing art and commerce.
In this period sculpture and architecture developed thanks to the abundance of marble and hercynite.
The Byzantine period left to Naxos about 500 churches and monasteries of all styles with important representations of Saints, icons and bas-reliefs. Some of these majestic churches are the oldest not only in Greece, but in the whole Balkans.
After the Byzantine empire the Venetian period began and thanks to the Venetian Marco Sanudo, named Duchy of Nasso (Naxos), the famous Castro in Chora was built.
Archaeology lovers will find several sites to visit, we recommed some of them herebelow