111 imagesImages in this photo gallery are from Naxos town (Chora) capital and largest town of the Cycladic Greek island of Naxos. Amphitheatrically set on a hillside and crowned by an magnificent old Venetian castle, Chora (Naxos town) has been continuously inhabitated for over 5000 years and is undoubtedly one of the most attractive and historical towns in the Cyclades. Colourful fishing boats docked with fishermen mending their nets bob up and down in the crystal clear waters of the harbour whilst the bustling waterfront stirs the visual and aromatic senses with the many cafes, bakeries and restaurants, some even displaying freshly caught octopus drying beside their front entrance. Exploring the interior part of the town is like stepping back in time. Narrow twisting cobblestone lanes with low stone archways slowly ascend around shops and whitewashed houses draped with trellises of flowers and emerge at the highest point of the town, the well persevered ramparts of the medieval Venetian castle. Built during the 13th to 16th centuries when the Venetians conquered and ruled the Island and region, the castle provides an insight in the world of past splendour. A stroll through this peaceful part of town will reveal alleys, vaulted passageways, hidden gardens and grand mansions built by the Venetian aristocracy that continue to bear Venetian coats of arms above their doorways. The castle’s archaeological museum has an outstanding collection of the islands history including surreal and modernistic Cycladic figurines covering various styles dating from 3200 BC when Naxos was a major member of the ancient Cycladic civilisation. Note: Photos images of the Temple of Apollo and select sites of Naxos Island are located in separate galleries on this site
31 imagesImages in this photo gallery are from the Temple of Apollo on the Greek Cycladic island of Naxos. Sailing into the port of Chora, the capital and largest town of Naxos, visitors are welcomed by the sight of the island’s most famous monument, the towering gleaming marble Gateway of the unfinished 6th century BC Temple of Apollo, which provides a spectacular greeting similar to that of Statue of liberty in New York. Offering splendid views of the Aegean and romantic sunsets, the gateways’ roots, like those of Naxos, lay deep in mythology; Locals believe it to be the portal of the palace of Ariadne, the lover of legendary hero Theseus, who abandoned her here after she helped him escape the Minotaur of Crete. Legend has it, she then took solace in the arms of Dionysus, Greek god of wine and protector of Naxos. Note: Photos images of Naxos town and select sites of Naxos island are in separate galleries.