Chapel at Harbor of Naxos
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Panagia Myrtidiotissa feast
The chapel Panagia Myrtidiotissa standing in the middle of the Naxos harbor, is considered one of the most characteristic sites of Naxos, next to Portara. The Chappel draws the immediate attention of visitors as the ferry enters the harbor of Naxos.
It is said that long ago sailors from the islands of Kythira (Venetian name Tsirigo) which is located just south of the tip of Peloponnese, survived a sea storm just outside of Naxos. Being familiar with the stormy seas around Kythira, they built a little church on an islet, in the middle of the harbor dedicated to Panagia Myrtidiotissa, which is the protector of the island and natives of Kythira.
On September 24 a beautiful celebratory feast takes place honoring the Panagia Myrtidiotissa and the mariners of the island of Naxos. A fishing boat takes the patrons to the chapel for the festivities.
The Chapel being only a few meters away)