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  • Kouros statue close to Melanes village
  • Kouros statue at Apollonas village
  • Kouros statue up on the hill, close to Melanes village
  • Kouros statue at Apollonas village
  • Kouros statue up on the hill, close to Melanes village
  • Kouros statue close to Melanes village

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Naxos is home to three ancient Kouros statues, dating from around 8th to 6th Century BC.
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Naxos is home to three ancient Kouros statues, dating from around 8th to 6th Century BC. The term Kouros refers to statues representing young male figures. The three in Naxos are truly exceptional.

The first is located on a hillside, directly above Apollonas village. The other two are close to the village of Melanes.

The unfinished statue at Apollonas dates from around the 6th Century BC. It lies horizontally along the ground and is about 10.5 meters in length. Archaeologists believe it was meant to depict the ancient Greek God Dionysus.

The other two statues at Melanes have been laying in the same sport for over 2.500 years. They were abandoned there by ancient sculptors after the stone cracked under their chisels. You can reach them by driving to Melanes village and then following the clearly posted signs. The first Kouros is close to a parking area, however, the second one is on a hillside that requires a 15 minute long steep hike.

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