Representation of the entrance to the Temple of Apollo (Portara) of Naxos, 6th c.b.C.
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Made of casting stone with an antique, ivory-colored finish.
Approx. 150mm (15cm) height x 135mm (13.5cm) width x 35mm (3.5cm) depth
The famous "Portara", the emblem of Naxos, overlooks the port's entrance on the Palatia islet. Built on such a site which stares at the sacred island of Delos, it first impresses the visitor with its large size which is 3.5 m long and 6 m high. It constitutes the entrance of an incomplete ancient temple of Apollo that had begun construction on this site, in 530 BC by Naxos's tyrant Lygdamis.