O Zeus , thefather of gods and humans due to ancient Greeks , said that he was born in Crete in the Ideon Andron cave , but grew up in Naxos so the island's highest mountain is named Zeus or for locals, Zas .

In Naxos also abandoned , according to the myth , Ariadne by Theseus. Ariadne had previously helped Theseus in Crete to kill the Minotaur with the condition to take her with him . Turning Theseus from Crete made ​​a stop at Naxos , which at that time was called Zeus. Then Theseus left Ariadne in the island. God Dionysus he saw the sleeping Ariadne and fell in love with her. Dionisos, mary there with ariadne and and take her with him to Olympus where Zeus made ​​her immortal . Even ancient source outside the town of Naxos named Ariadne .

The name of the island was allegedly taken by " Nazo" , the legendary ruler of the first settlers of the island. Other historians and scholars believe the name comes from the ancient Greek word " naxai " meaning " thysai " because of the many sacrifices that were made on the island in honor of the gods . Name Naxos maintained throughout the centuries until the Middle Ages .

Also Naxos has reported by the mythical times and named " Zeus " ( Homer , Odysseas l325 ) and the Homeric Hymn to Apollo , as with decorative : Round , Little Sicily , tragic, Dionysos, Gallipoli , fatty etc. by different authors . Naxos was named the first Corinthian colony in Sicily . The wealth of Naxos on myths demonstrates the importance that Naxos had in antiquity . These myths are mainly associated with the birth of three mythologoumeni domestic larvae Filias , Coronis and Kleido, edited upbringing of Dionysus , for whom Naxos was the homeland. In Naxos also worshiped Apollo or the Tragios Tragaios , and there is an ancient temple of Delian Apollo outside the ancient city from which it is still remain the western gate known as the Portares which is the trademark of the island .


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Naxos Port (+30) 22850 23292
Naxos Airport (+30) 22850 23292
Customs Naxos (+30) 22850 22238
KTEL Naxos (+30) 22850 22291
RadioTaxi Naxos (+30) 22850 22444
RadioTaxi Koronida Naxos (+30) 22850 81231
Hospital Naxos (+30) 22853 60500
Mail Naxos (+30) 22850 22211
Police Naxos (+30) 22850 23280
Tourist Police (+30) 22850 22100
Fire Naxos (+30) 22850 32199
Archaeological Museum of Naxos (+30) 22850 22725
Naxos Municipality (+30) 22853 60100

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