The ancient Portara of Naxos stands as a symbol for the island and as legend has it if you make a wish within its doorway, Apollo will get to work and make it true for you.
Those approaching the largest of the Cyclades Islands Naxos on Greece yacht charter are greeted with its most famous landmark, Portara.
This ancient doorway is the only standing remnant of the 522 BC Temple of Apollo, and it is said that if you stand within it and make a wish, you will feel Apollo’s force of energy as he begins working to make it come true.
Located just off of Puerto de Naxos, guests on a luxury yacht charter can easily access the Portara by berthing in the marina and making a short trip on foot or by making a dazzling entrance via their tender.
A magnificent archway of 6.2 metres in height and 3.7 metres wide.
The Temple of Portara (Temple of Apollo) was commissioned by the tyrant Lygdamis, who ruled Naxos from 545 to 524 BC.
However, the temple was never completed and all that remains today is the platform, some columns and architectural fragments, and the portal made from three large blocks of Naxian marble, with a magnificent opening of 6.2 metres in height and 3.7 metres wide.
The temple was also used as a quarry in Byzantine times and its marble remnants have been identified throughout Naxos within churches medieval mansions and fortifications in the Venetian Castro on the Acropolis.
Although the Portara is essentially a ruin of an unfinished temple, it has become a symbol of Naxos and an important part of the island’s history.
The Portara of Naxos
Naxos 843 00, Greece