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Naxos Archaeological Museum, Naxos Island

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Located in the old castle of Naxos Town, the excellent Archaeological Museum of Naxos displays regional artifacts from the Late Neolithic period to the Early Christian era. It is especially renowned for its collection of ancient Cycladic figurines.

History

The museum building dates from between 1600 and 1800, when the island flourished under Frankish rule. It housed the Jesuit-run French Commercial School (opened 1627), where Nikos Kazantzakis (author of Zorba the Greek) was later a student. Since 1973, the building has housed the Naxos Archaeological Museum, which has rapidly filled up with artifacts excavated since World War II.

What to See

The artifacts displayed in the Naxos Archaeological Museum range in date from Late Neolithic period (5300 BC) to the Early Christian era (5th century AD). The collection is especially strong in Cycladic figurines dating from 3200 to 2300 BC.

Also notable is the collection of pottery and other artifacts from the Mycenaean (late 2nd millennium BC) and Geometric (9th-8th century BC) periods.

There are fine views from the terrace and balconies to the hills of Naxos.

Quick Facts on Naxos Archaeological Museum

Site Information
Names:Naxos Archaeological Museum
City:Naxos Island
State:Cyclades
Country:Greece
Categories:Museums
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Naxos Island, Greece
Coordinates:37.105474° N, 25.376809° E  (view on Google Maps)
Website:www.culture.gr
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Naxos Archaeological Museum

Below is a location map and aerial view of Naxos Archaeological Museum. Using the buttons on the left (or the wheel on your mouse), you can zoom in for a closer look, or zoom out to get your bearings. To move around, click and drag the map with your mouse.

References

  1. Archaeological Museum of Naxos - Hellenic Ministry of Culture
  2. Naxos: The Town - Rough Guide to Greece
  3. Bourgo/Kastro/Archaeological Museum/Venetian Museum - Frommer's Greece

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Last updated:10/27/2009
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