Byzantine Monuments - Venetian Rule
Naxos is considered as one of the richest island in Byzantine exhibits superior even after Crete. There have been many scientific studies that were begun in the early 1960's. Particularly notable was the finding of iconoclastic frescoes and the discovery of pro- iconoclastic frescoes of the first layer of Proto-throne (6th-7th centuries) and of Virgin Mary the Drosiani, which are considered to be the oldest in the Balkans. There were new general considerations of Byzantine monumental art of Naxos and recently the Byzantine churches have been studied.
Year 1204 AD: The troops of the Fourth Crusade, which have invaded into the Greek area, occupy and plunder Constantinople. The Byzantine Empire is fractioned and, in its territory, new Greek and Roman states are formed. Three years later, a motley crowd of adventurers under the command of the Venetian nobleman Marco Sanudo, seizes Naxos and other islands of Cyclades.
Since then, Naxos will become the capital of the Duchy of the Aegean Sea or Archipelago, of an independent Latin principality with a lifespan of about three and a half centuries. Then, the Venetians and other western settlers will settle on the island and they will dominate there for the next centuries, while they will create a feudal system which will apply broadly until the eve of the Greek Revolution, so the Latin power will be maintained also during the period of Ottoman rule.
During this period, Naxos will be found in the "eye of the storm" of the Venetian-Turkish competition for supremacy in the Aegean Sea while upon the arrival and the activation mainly of French Catholic monks - with the tolerance of the Ottomans - the existing western presence will be enhanced, signalling the transition from Venetian to the French sphere of influence.
Today, remnants of the Venetian domination and generally of the strong Latin presence in Naxos are the monuments left by the conquerors and their descendants: the Castle of Chora with the old mansions and their coat of arms, and the, spread throughout the island, towers. But the traces of their stay in Naxos are not limited here since their cultural influences, as the result of the coexistence with the domestic component, are visible until today. So, even today there are Italian origin's words in the local vocabulary, including surnames of Venetian roots and also some inhabitants are members of the Catholic Church.
Source: Naxos during the Venetian
by Thanassis D. Kotsakis
For your stay in Naxos, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Naxos, as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
Naxos island is linked by ferry routes to Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio
The route Piraeus - Naxos (103 m distance) varies depending on the ship stops at intermediate ports.
Daily ferry routes connect Naxos to the rest Cyclades Islands.
High Speed vessels connecting Naxos to many of Cyclades Islands and the Port of Piraeus, reduce significantly the duration of the trip.
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For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.