Temple of Demeter

Temple of Demeter

In the village of Sangri, in the area of Gyroula you will meet one of the most remarkable buildings of ancient Naxos, the Temple of Demeter.
The temple is build in the Ionic style and is dated back in 530-520 BC. The sanctuary of Demeter and the temple of Iria are considered by the architectural point of view, as the forerunners of the Athens Parthenon.

The entire temple is built of white marble in a square format, with columns in front of it.It also had columns in the inside, which supported the roof in a specially designed interior, which was used for worshiping the goddess Demeter and her daughter, as evidenced by inscriptions found in the temple.

Today, the restoration of the church is fully completed and operates as a museum exhibition.


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