The Portara, or the Great Door of Naxos, Cyclades is the massive marble doorway, that stands proudly as the jewel of Naxos. It stands above the hill close to the port, on the islet of Palatia which was once a hill. In ancient times a strip of land connected the north side of Naxos port to the islet of Palatia. At the islet of Palatia Ariadne, the Minoan princess was abandoned by her lover, Theseus after he killed Minotaur on the island of Crete. Around 530 B.C. Naxos at its peak of glory, was ruled by Lygdamis. Lygdamis wanted to build in Naxos the highest and most magnificent buildings of all Greece and ordered for a massive temple to be built. The works stopped when a war broke out between Naxos and Samos. After that, Lygdamis was overthrown in 506 BC and the temple – was to be built in the honor of Apollo, the Greek God who protected music and poets and was supposed to be at least a hundred feet tall – was never completed. The gate is around 6 m high and 3.5 m wide built with four separate columns. Each column weighs about 20 tons.
View of the old town from Palatia
Sanctuary of Delian Apollo
View on the bay
Sunset from Portara
Red sunset
Down the Palatia ~ Sunset from Portara
Souvenirs from Portara

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