The archeological museum
All findings from excavations are kept in the archaeological museum, proof
of the uninterrupted cultural presence in Naxos from pre-historic times
until the end of the ancient times. The museum is housed in the building
of the former Commercial School in the area of the Castle.
Grota's archaeological site
Excavations made under Metropolis square have revealed some remains of
the Mycenaean city of Naxos (1600 - 1100 B.C). The place has been landscaped
and it is open to the public.
"Portara": Naxos' trademark
Portara can be seen from afar as ships approach the island of Naxos, standing
on the northern side of the port. This monument is a gigantic gate, which
remains from a temple that was dedicated to Apollo. It was built during
the 6th century B.C, when Naxos used to be a commercial and cultural centre.
An impressive monument which was built during the long Venetian rule (1204-1537);
it is located on a hill which is the natural acropolis of Hora. A medieval
town in the heart of the Aegean still in its original form, inhabited continuously
since 1207. The external walls of the peripheral houses shape the wall of
the Castle, which has only three entrance gates.