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Portara, Naxos Town

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All that's left of a temple to Apollo, Portara forms a dramatic frame of ancient colonnades against the sky and has become an icon of the town. Located on the island of Palatia, the attraction represents the remains of the cultural and trade center of ancient Naxos. The rest of the temple was used to construct a castle in the city center by the Venetians. Plan your Portara visit and explore what else you can see and do in Naxos using our Naxos visit planner .
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  • Next to the harbor the most typical and recognizable point of Naxos. Even those who never stepped on the island have maybe seen the Portara in photography. Built in the 6th century b.c. as part of the temple, possibly, of Apollo. Go at sunset to photograph the Sun disappear in the Aegean through the Portara. Cliche, but gorgeous!
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  • Portara is the huge marble gate of a temple construction started to be built in the 6th century BC, probably in honor of the God Apollo, on the island of Naxos. It is located on the islet "palaces", or "island of Bacchus", at the northern end of the port of Naxos. The sunset at the portara of Naxos is magical!
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  • Great place to spend the late afternoon to enjoy a fantastic sunset and know the history of the construction of the portal and your symbolism. Fantastic!
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  • The best part of Naxos island. The remains of a huge gate named "Portara" (big door) by the locals. It offers one of the best sunsets in Greece. Do not miss. Do not forget your camera either. Highly recommended.
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  • You can't actually go to Naxos without coming here to watch the sunset. The site has incredible history and incredible views.
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  • You will not have a sunset better in Naxos to which you can do from here. Visit bound and main attraction of the island. Not being here is not to come to Naxos.
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