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June 12, 2016

Temple of Apollo - Portara

The temple was begun by the tyrant Lygdamis, who ruled Naxos from 545 to 524 BC, but it was unfinished at the end of his reign and never thereafter completed.
All that remains today are the platform of the temple, some columns and architectural fragments, and the north-west portal made from three massive blocks of Naxian marble, with a clear opening 6.2 metres in height and 3.7 metres wide. As originally planned, the structure centred on a cella, the enclosed sanctuary, within which there was a colonnade of two rows with four columns in each row.
Vasilios Gavrilis