Temple of Demeter, Naxos Island

Just outside the village of Sangri on Naxos Island in the Cyclades is the attractive ruin of the Temple of Demeter. Demeter is a grain goddess, so it seems only natural to find her temple among the rich fields of Naxos.

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History of the Temple of Demeter

The Temple of Demeter was built in the 6th century BC. The temple was partially dismantled in the 6th century AD when a church was built over it. In later centuries the site was abandoned and plundered for its marble.

What to See at the Temple of Demeter

Until recently, there was very little to see - none of the temple was left standing. But a few years ago, it was discovered that most of the columns and stones of the original temple still remained on site, either buried or used in the ruined chapel.

It was subsequently restored by German archaeologists to its present state, which is now intact enough to show the basic form of the Temple of Demeter at Sangri. It is one of the few known temples with a square floor plan.

Getting There

By car from Hora, follow the road to Filoti. After about 6 miles, turn onto the road signposted for Ano Sangri and the Temple of Demeter. Follow the signs for about 2 more miles to the temple. The last part of the drive is mainly on dirt roads.

Quick Facts on the Temple of Demeter

Site Information
Names:Temple of Demeter
Country:Greece
Categories:temples; change of religion; ruins
Styles:Classical Greece
Dedication: Demeter
Dates:530 BCE
Status: ruins
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:37.029049° N, 25.431174° E
Address:Ano Sangri
Naxos Island, Greece
Hours:Tue-Sun 8.30am-3pm
Lodging:View hotels near the Temple of Demeter
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours and prices can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

References

  1. Sangri & the Temple of Demeter - Frommer's Greece
  2. Central Náxos and the Tragéa - Rough Guides Greece

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Map of the Temple of Demeter, Naxos Island

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