ΔαμαριώναςDamarionas is a traditional village in the centre of Naxos. It is situared
mountain Rahiin feet,  in the end of the olive-full basin of Tragaia. It is 16 kilometres far away from the capital of Naxos, Chora.

It has been characterized as traditional dorp. It is appreciated that it began to be built from 1400 A.C. and afterwards.

The first residents of Damarionas lived, in the beach at south-western area of Agiasos. The residents for the fear of the pirates, that by the 7th A.C. century preyed the islands of Cyclades, moved to the interior of the island, first in the  Roalidia location, in side of the Castle of Apalirou and later in the current place that nowadays is located the Damarionas

The permanent population of Damarionas, including the residents of Damalas,Vourvouria, Agiasos and Pirgaki is  521 citizents (real population 557 residents). Dorps Agiasos and Pirgakj are wind protected, coastal, with big beautiful sandy beaches and are located south-western the Damarionas in a distance of roughly 15 kilometres. Damarionas is a rural-veterinary village.

Damarionas has been characterized the "hospitable village of Naxos". The fest of the village is on 6 August, the day that celebrates the parish church , named "Metamorphosis of Sotiros" (Savior) and begins the eve day .

Places of interest in Damarionas are: The bust of the great resident of  Damarionas , member of the “Friends’ Company” ( a Greek union that established to help the Revolution of 1821), Ioannis Paparrigopoulos, the monument for residents of Damarionas that dead in our national wars, bust of the doctor Georgios Veronis in the entry of village, the famous seven ste(g)asta of the village, the  paved with slabs narrow streets, the Square of Patelou, the Square ‘Potiros” with the enormous old platan, the mansions Prompona, Vasilikoulas and Mpakalainas and the graphic cafes, where someone can enjoy  the marvellous coffee and their tasty titbits.  Also there is a private folklore collection, which is visitable.

Near Damarionas are located a lot of graphic palaiochristian chapels in the region of Mpaouzi and a palaiochristian church, the Kaloritsa, built in a cave in the western side of mountain Ai- Lias.

Ioannis Veronis



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