The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 26: Naxos Museum

Join Thor and me as we tour the ancient treasures on display in the Archaeological Museum of Naxos.

NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

Fertile Naxos in the Cyclades Islands has been continuously occupied since at least 4000 B.C., and the Naxos Town (also called Hora or Chora) museum offers a lovely selection of artifacts from the Neolithic period through Roman occupation. It’s housed in a Venetian building grafted onto earlier Frankish fortifications, including two stone towers. Built around 1700 A.D. for a Jesuit School, it claims Greek novelist Nikos Kazantzakis (author of the wonderful novel Zorba the Greek) as a student. Apparently he was rather rebellious against the rules….

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 26: Naxos Museum — 4 Comments

  1. I have a dream of a Monty Python skit where a bunch of hopped-up warriors are running into one of those labyrinthine towns (which always have a bunch of shops lining the streets) and start wandering around lost until they drop their weapons and start buying gyros and cheap watches.

  2. The museum is fascinating, but what really grabs me is that six thousand years of continuous occupation. How I’d love to see those winding paths and evidence of that age!