Duchy of Naxos (Naxos - Greece)

Duchy of Naxos

[ Aug.2013 ] I did not know there was a country called Duchy of Naxos before I came here.

It was apparently started by a Venecian aristocrat, Marco Sanudo around the time of the 4th crusade.

He put his headquarters in Naxos and governed other islands around here.

The duchy lasted more than 350 years.

Venecians were Cathorics, but they did not force the islanders to change their religion, so Catholic and Orthodox churches coexisted.

The captal of the duchy was Kastro which is the old part of Hora, the largest town in Naxos.

This is another town like a maze, which is on a small hill.

When we walked without any plan, sometimes we came across fashionable art galleries.

There was a museum of an old Venecian house and we learned they organized a small concert at night.

We bought the ticket but we were not sure if we could come back here following the maze- like streets.

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