Description

The Kouros of Naxos
The Kouros of Naxos
The Kouros of Naxos

One of Naxos' most distinctive and important sights are the three gigantic unfinished Kouros statues. The statues depict young men, dating back to the Archaic period (7th-6th century BC), which were abandoned and unfinished in places where chiseling had begun. The largest Kouros is located near the village of Apollona, while the remaining two are in the village of Flerio, near Melanes.

Reaching a height of 10 meters, the impressive Kouros of Apollona, which is lying on the ground at the entrance of an ancient quarry in the area, dates back to the 7th century BC and is considered to be the personification of the god Dionysos or the god Apollo.

The Kouros in Flerio (or the Kouros of Melanon) was constructed around 570 BC and is located in a well kept garden which you can reach easily by walking 5-10 minutes from the road. It has a length of about 6 m and its right leg is broken. The other lesser known and visited Kouros in the region, which also has broken legs, is located at a point which is difficult to access, between Flerio and Potamia.

You can visit the Kouros of Apollo and Melanon every day of the year and at all hours, as they are outdoors.