The Orthodox Metropolis
The Orthodox Metropolis in Chora was constructed on the site of a smaller church called Zoodochos Pigi, and assumed its current form between 1780 and 1787, during the tenure of Neophytos Lachovaris as the Metropolitan of Paronaxia. The building incorporates materials from old churches and ancient structures.
It is believed that the single-piece granite columns of the church were brought from the ruins of Delos. Inside the church, there are icons from the Ottoman era and a Gospel, which, according to tradition, was donated by Catherine the Great of Russia. In front of the Metropolis, the archaeological site, now transformed into an archaeological park, remains accessible.
The charming white church of Agios Sozos, situated on a rock by the sea in the Kalantos area, is a captivating sight that will leave a lasting impression.
Legend has it that the church was constructed by a merchant who survived a shipwreck in this very spot. As his cargo consisted of oil and wine, he made a solemn promise to God while battling the waves: if he were to be saved, he would build a chapel dedicated to oil and wine in this location.
True to his word, he erected the church and poured oil and wine into its foundations, christening it St. Sozos. To experience its beauty, visitors can simply follow a picturesque path that starts from Agiassos Beach.
Virgin Mary of Attalia (14th century)
Located approximately 400 meters north of the village of Galini, you will find a cruciform basilica with a dome. This impressive structure stands on the ruins of an ancient sanctuary dedicated to Artemis.
According to tradition, the church was commissioned by a noblewoman who originated from Antalya in Asia Minor. She arrived in Naxos during the iconoclastic period, carrying with her an icon of the Virgin Mary, to whom she devoted the church.
Although the original icon was lost in the last century, the church now houses remarkable 17th-century icons. Layers of ancient frescoes, some dating back to the Byzantine period, have been uncovered, and the current marble iconostasis has replaced the older wooden one.
Built in the 18th century, this magnificent church captivates visitors with its grandeur. It features an ornate marble bell tower, a beautifully adorned iconostasis, and a collection of exquisite icons. Legend has it that during the Byzantine period, the icon of Perathitissa was discovered washed up on Azala’s Beach. An Aperathite shepherd found it and carried it on his shoulders towards the village.
Miraculously, the icon slipped off the shepherd's shoulder at two different locations along the way. These spots were chosen by the Virgin Mary herself to build the Church of Pythadariotissa and the Cross of Rachi, respectively.
Upon reaching the village, the shepherd placed the icon inside the Protothrono, the original church located at the site of the present-day primary school. Astonishingly, the following morning, the icon had mysteriously moved to its current location—the main church of the Virgin Mary. This event was regarded as a divine sign, indicating the precise location for the construction of the church.