Irakleia (Cyclades)

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Satellite image of Irakleia. Island at the edge of the image on the right (east) is Schoinoussa, islets on the left (west) are Avelonisia
Satellite image of Irakleia. Island at the edge of the image on the right (east) is Schoinoussa, islets on the left (west) are Avelonisia
Irakleia is located in Greece
Coordinates: 36°50′N 25°27′E / 36.833°N 25.450°E / 36.833; 25.450Coordinates: 36°50′N 25°27′E / 36.833°N 25.450°E / 36.833; 25.450
Country Greece
Administrative region South Aegean
Regional unit Naxos
Municipality Naxos and Lesser Cyclades
 • Municipal unit 17.795 km2 (6.871 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 141
 • Municipal unit density 7.9/km2 (21/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 843 00
Area code(s) 22870
Vehicle registration EM

Irakleia or Heraklia (Greek: Ηρακλειά) is an island and a former community in the Cyclades, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Naxos and Lesser Cyclades, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] Its population was officially 141 inhabitants at the 2011 census, and its land area 17.795 square kilometres (6.9 sq mi). It is a small island between the islands of Naxos and Ios. In close proximity to Schoinoussa, Koufonisi, Donoussa, and Keros islands, together they form the Small Cyclades. The port is called Agios Georgios, while the "capital"/chora on the top of the island is called Panagia (Madonna). The biggest caves in the Cyclades are located on Irakleia. Irakleia can be reached by ferries from Athens, Naxos and Paros.


Iraklia is the largest island of the Lesser Cyclades. It is located in the east part of the archipelago, south of Naxos. The island has two settlements, Panagia in the middle of the island and Agios Georgios, where the port is located. Irakleia has been inhabited from early antiquity. On the island there are many mysterious rock paintings dated about 5,000 years before.[3][clarification needed] The paintings, named Bousoules (Μπούσουλες), may have been used as orientation marks. The ruins of a fortress dating from the 4th-2nd century B.C. are located at Livadi on the island.[4] In modern times, Iraklia was the property of the Hozoviotissa Monastery on the nearby island of Amorgos.[5]

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
2001 151
2011 141


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ "Σπείρες 5000 ετών από την Ηρακλειά Κυκλάδων". Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Ηρακλειά". Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Που απλώνεται η ακίνητη περιουσία της Ι.Μ. Χοζοβιώτισσας". Retrieved 4 July 2015. 

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