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Archaeological Collection of Yria

Last Update: Nov 2013
Tel.: +30 22850 42325 , Fax: +30 22850 42325
Opening hours:
01Jun - 31Oct Tue-Sun, 0800-1500
01Nov - 31May Tue-Sun, 0800-1500

Archaeological Collection of Yria - Overview

The Collection is situated at the archaeological site of Yria at Livadi, close to the Chora of Naxos. The on site Museum was established to house the finds from the sanctuary of Dionysus, a site of great archaeological and historical significance, as it is considered the cradle of the Ionic Order.
The cult activity in the area is testified from the Mycenaean times, from the 14th century BC, and continues without interruption to the end of the Roman era. It is however the Geometric and Archaic periods, that mark the importance of the sanctuary at Yria, which represents one of the earliest examples of the appearance of monumental architecture in open-air cult places, as early as in the beginning of the 8th century BC. Furthermore, the preserved temple of Dionysus we see today, dated in 575-550 BC, is the oldest stone temple of the Ionic order in the Greek region.
In the Museum, visitors can see the findings that the excavations of this important sanctuary brought to light. The exhibits mainly include architectural parts and artefacts related to the cult practices and conceptions, such as votive offerings.

Archaeological Collection of Yria - Map

Executives & Departments

  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 210 3250148, 210 3310966, Fax: 210 3215897
    21st Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, 10 Epameinonda St, Athens

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Art & culture

Museum • Archaeological Museum
Visiting Information • Free admission • Fixed hours
Periods of the exhibits • Mycenaean palatial period, 1400-1200 BC • Ancient historical times, 1050 BC- AD 324

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