In Livadi, about 10 km from the town of Naxos, is the important archaeological site of Iria with one of the most important temples of the island, dedicated to the god Dionysus. Among the findings include marble columns, a 6th century BC well and relics of an ancient dining room, while below the archaeological site foundation and other temples were found.
According to historians, the outdoor worship at that particular point began during the Mycenaean period (14th century BC) and during that time, four temples were built here. The marble built Ionic Temple of Dionysus, built around 550 BC, is the last and largest, as well as the only one which has been maintained and restored. In 5th century AD, it was converted into a Christian basilica and much later, some of its pieces of marble were used to build the Byzantine church of Agios Georgios a little beyond the site.
In the area you'll have the opportunity to admire a small museum collection, which includes findings from the excavations.