Built in the prior location of a small chapel, the Orthodox Cathedral (the Metropolis of Naxos) was originally established in 1870 by Bishop Neophitos, while the building process was completed in 1878. The church is dedicated to Zoodochos Pigi (meaning “life-giving source” in Greek, an allusion to Virgin Mary) and is located next to the ancient site of Grotta and the Metropolis Museum. Findings of the Cycladic era can be visited on spot.
The cathedral was constructed on a blend of materials taken from other temples and buildings, while it is suggested that the graphite pillars were brought from the island of Delos, the renowned ancient religious center. In the interior, several icons that date back to the times of the Ottoman sovereignty are hosted, while among other heirlooms a gospel that is suspected to have been a donation of Empress Catherine of Russia stands out.
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