Ancient Greek city, Naxos is full of picturesque meadows and mountains. This place attracts visitors by its nature and splendor of ancient churches and castles. The city began to grow even in the prehistoric era, when it already was a famous cultural and shopping center. In 1537 Naxos became part of the Ottoman Empire; starting from 1829 the city is a part of Greece.
One of the main attractions is Zas (Zeus) Mountain, on which, according to Greek mythology, lived the god Zeus. In close proximity is located another architectural place of interest connected with ancient myths of Greece. It is Apollo Temple, which building was finished in the 6th century BC. Today only a part of the foundation and gates have remained from that magnificent building.
Venetian fortress is the most famous architectural complex of Naxos. On its territory was built a Franciscan school that was later replaced by the school for nuns and Archaeological Museum. A beautiful cathedral is also located here. Don’t forget to visit laying statues named Kouroses that are very unusual and beautiful. The statue of Dionysus is ten meters tall, and a statue of Apollo reaches the height of 6 meters.
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