Just south of Chora, the Yria site has been a sanctuary of Naxos city since the 14th century BC, with operations lasting until the time of Roman rule. Initially, it was dedicated to Dionysus and possibly a female deity. It has seen four successive shrines over the centuries, and the restored one that stands today is from the archaic period (580 BC).

Here, the island intertwines with the myth of Ariadne, claimed by Dionysus from Theseus when a raging sea forced them to seek refuge on Naxos. Dionysus married Ariadne, taking her first to Mount Koronos on Naxos, and later to Olympus.


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Temple of Dionysus, Yria, Νάξος και Μικρές Κυκλάδες, Ελλάδα