Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

Apollo temple (Portara), Naxos Island

Apollo temple (Portara), Naxos Island

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The Portara, or the Great Door, is essentially a massive marble doorway, that stands proudly as teh jewel of Naxos. It lies close to the port, on the islet of Palatia which was once a hill.The temple was supposed to be Ionic, 59 m long and 28 m wide with a peristyle of 6x12 columns with double porticos at its end. It is believed that this temple was to be built in the honor of Apollo, the Greek God who protected music and poets. Proof of this lies in the fact that the temple faces in the direction of Delos, which is believed to be Apollo's birthplace. However, some scholars believe that this temple was to be built in the honor of Dionysus, the God of wine and patron God of Naxos. The gate is around 6 m high and 3.5 m wide built with four separate columns. Each column weighs about 20 tons. However, today of the four columns only three have survived.

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