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Orthodox Cathedral of Naxos

The Orthodox Cathedral on Naxos was built in place of a smaller church, Zoodochos Pigi, and acquired its present-day shape between 1780 and 1787. Building materials from older churches and ancient constructions elsewhere were used. It is said that the church’s granite pillars were transferred from the ruins on the island of Delos –a religious center in antiquity. The interior includes icons from the times of Ottoman rule and a gospel, which, according to tradition, was donated by Catherine the Great of Russia. The archaeological grounds in front of the cathedral, developed into an archaeological park, remain open for visitors.