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Situated outside the village of Sangri, the temple of the goddess Demeter in Naxos holds great historical and cultural significance as a monument. Notably, it is considered the architectural precursor to the Parthenon of Athens. Built between 530 and 520 BC using white marble, this temple is among the most important ancient structures, not only for Naxos but for Greece as a whole.

The temple, following the Ionic order, was dedicated to the goddess Demeter, her daughter Persephone, and also to Apollo. Its location was carefully chosen, as Demeter, the goddess of agriculture and fertility, warranted a site in one of the island's most fertile valleys.

In ancient times, it is believed that this sanctuary featured a series of internal and external Ionic columns supporting a roof. The area would have been adorned with numerous statues and marble decorations.

Adjacent to the temple of Demeter, you will find a museum known for its remarkable architecture, earning it recognition from the European Union. The museum is divided into two sections. The first section showcases archaeological discoveries from the temple of Demeter, including fragments of columns. The second section is dedicated to an early Christian temple that was later erected in the vicinity.

Explore the captivating world of Dimitra's Temple, where ancient history and architectural prowess converge. Gain insight into the religious practices and artistic achievements of the past, immersing yourself in the rich heritage of Naxos.

 

 

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