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Portara in Naxos Town

Portara, a magnificent remnant of the ancient Temple of Apollo and something of a trademark of Naxos, is the most visited and important attraction in Naxos Town.

Many believe that the temple was dedicated to Apollo, others consider that it was erected in honour of Dionysus. The temple was built around 500 BC and ambitions were high. It would be one of the largest temples of its time, 24 metres wide, 55 metres long and 13 metres height. But the temple was never completed. By the way, Portara means "the big door" in Greek.

 

Portara in Naxos town.

Portara in Naxos town.

 

 

There is only remains of the temple today: the Portara itself, a bunch of marble blocks and parts of columns. Crowds of tourists gather on the small island where the Portara stands every evening. A narrow causeway connects the island with the mainland. The sunset from here is one of the most beautiful you can imagine, many come early to get a good spot, some bring cheese, crackers and wine.

You may not under any circumstances miss to see the sunset from here. It is just as spectacular as the sunset on Santorini.

 

Sunset from Portara in Naxos.

Every night many gathered to watch the sunset from the small island.

 

Naxos Town as seen from the island the Portara.

Everyone is photographing the sunset and Portara...


Sunset at Portara in Naxos town.

...and the pictures become so beautiful.

 

The spectacular sunset at Portar in Naxos Town.

The spectacular sunset at Portara.

 

Palatia island and Portara in Naxos are illuminated in the evening.

The small island and the temple are illuminated in the evening.


Palatia island and Portara (Temple of Apollo) on Naxos in Greece.

Palatia island and Portara, or Temple of Apollo as it is also called.

 

It is excellent to swim from the stairs at the breakwater in Naxos town.

It is excellent to swim from the stairs at the breakwater in Naxos town.

 

Little Portara at Naxos Island Hotel in Agios Prokopios.

Little Portara at Naxos Island Hotel in Agios Prokopios.

 

A good friend of mine owns Naxos Island Hotel in Agios Prokopios. The hotel has a roof terrace with swimming pool and restaurant. On the roof terrace there is a copy of the Portara. Not as large of course, but well worth seeing, especially in the evening when you can have a good dinner and watch the sun go down behind a small Portara.


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