Rating is always a matter of subjectivity, and maybe 5 stars is a lot to give to a site whose reconstruction was co-financed through European Union funds (1994-2000) and yet the explanatory signs and photographs have already faded from the sun...Nevertheless, for ancient (greek) ruins fans and nature fans and road adventure seekers, this is a treat...not far from Chora and quite close to Plaka (about 17 km from where I started), albeit through a rather bumpy and rather narrow and winding, half dirt half cement/asphalt road that connects Plaka to Tripodes (Vivlos) - it presents numerous opportunities to stop the car and take a beautiful picture, Tripodes itself being a quaint village with great view on the coast- and then to Sangri -with a beautiful castle-half monastery- and further along to the site of the Temple . If the road is a/the major part of the adventure this site gets more than 5/5! The final 2,5 kms of the road is through the fertile plains of Naxos -how appropriate for a temple that is devoted to the goddess of fertility... well tended path leading to the temple, with interesting encounters -I almost came face to face with a friendly cow, eagerly chewing its grass in the neighbouring field. Unfortunately the museum was closed at 10 in the morning, or so it seemed -probably due to lack of personnel? Yes, whatever remains is a reconstructed temple, but this is based on scientific finds, unlike Knossos about which (almost) nobody minds. Beautiful, serene environment. Pity that the Greek State is unable to properly care for this place -besides the path. It must be great to experience the site in a moonlit night if you are willing to walk the long path -there is a light installation there but who knows if it works..
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