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Review of Temple of Demeter

Temple of Demeter
Ranked #10 of 117 things to do in Naxos
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Athens, Attiki, Greece
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2014

One very impressive temple in the middle of nowhere in Naxos, surrounded by sloaps full of green, looking like the teple mas ment to be for the goddess of fertility. Even in Summer is impressive, The surrounded area is maintained beautifully with stones and aleys that they drive you to a semi ruined temple in the top of a hill.

Visited September 2013
Thank Phil V
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Paris, France
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82 reviews
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“Nice but not waoooo”
Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

Good temple, worth the visit if you rent à car to make à tour on the Island. But not the best ruin ever seen. Not deceving but not "waoo" either!

2 Thank Charlotte L
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Sydney, Australia
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“Temple of bloom”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

We had hired a car for the day, and the Demeter Temple was on our radar. Follow the signs/instructions, and you will be able to find without too much difficulty. Easy parking on the road below, with lots of spring flowers in bloom. Easy steps up to the Temple. Didnt expect the ruins to be quite this good. OK, its not the Acropolis, but for an island like Naxos, it really is an iunexpected find. It was really unfortunate for us that the Museum wasnt opened, as peering through the windows, it looked quite good. Great stop on our day tour.

Visited May 2014
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Athens, Greece
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“a worthwhile find”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

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..

Visited July 2014
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“You gotta see this!”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Okay, so this was a little off the grid, a little hard to find, we did get "kinda" lost (more than once) we almost decided NOT to keep going, but then we found it! It was so worth the drive and the map confusion in the car ; ) . You actually walk right up to the ruins, on your own, take as many photos as you like! It was both humbling and incredible at the same time. You could sense the history as you slowly walked these sacred grounds. Pack LOTS of water, snacks, good maps, hats, comfy shoes, sunscreen and patience (for when you take a wrong turn) ;) You will not regret the drive. Keep in mind there are no markets, tavernas or washrooms in the immediate surroundings of this site. Added bonus; you get to see a lot of farms, Naxos topography and other villages on the the way there and back. We went directly to Kastriki beach to cool off in the sea after viewing this site!

Visited June 2014
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