Portara is situated on a small rocky island on the fringe of the harbor, and it is the monument which makes the most impression on the visitors having become the island’s trademark. Over the centuries the local people have given it the name Portara (i.e. huge door). This monument, forgotten by time, is the gigantic marble gateway into what was once a temple dedicated to Apollo. The temple was built in the 6th century BC, during the reign of the tyrant Lygdamis, when Naxos was a prominent naval, commercial and cultural centre. Today this small island on which the temple was built is called Palatia.
The Christians built a church over the remains of the ancient temple, as was customary at that period. Around the church an important settlement developed. During the time of the Venetian rule, several marble architectural remains from the temple were used to build the castle.
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Guenther (10915) 2012-05-26 10:53
you caught a wonderful light on the famous gate! You have chosen the perfect angle showing the boat in the narrow persective opening... I like it.
Have a nice weekend
Budapestman (82620) 2012-05-26 11:17
an amazing photo of this architecture, the view is fantastic, the sailing boat is beautiful detail, great colours and lights, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
Sonata11 (33229) 2012-05-26 11:30
ancient architecture has always impressed me. I like visiting and watching these old buildings, which is very interesting. An amazing picture of this magnificent huge gate. I really like it. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards and have a nice weekend,
maria-v1981 (10814) 2012-05-26 16:31
Χαρακτηριστικό σημείο της Νάξου η Πορτάρα. Μου αρέσει που περιέλαβες το βαρκάκι μέσα από το πλάισιο της Πορτάρας. Υπέροχη σύνθεση με πολύ καλή διαχείρηση του φωτισμού.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-05-26 20:02
I like the way you have placed the boat between the columns of the gate. The colors look spectacular from the light hitting the gate, Lovely architecture.
ajayrawat (621) 2012-05-26 22:41
impressive, classic framing
timecapturer (48620) 2012-05-27 5:00
love the textures and light in this captivating image. It has an atmosphere and a real elegance about it. Excellent!
Enjoy your Sunday - regards Brian.
siamesa (27739) 2012-05-27 8:50
Bom dia Vasilis
Really it is a giant gate. I like to see the boat though this gate. Very good point of vies. Superb colors. TFs
emka (78808) 2012-05-27 23:55
Hi Vasilis, naxos, famous beacause Ariadna was there. This gate is really big. Perfect timking, has you waited till a sailboat will appear there? Fantastic atmosphere of the evening. Lovely view.
dkmurphys (49220) 2012-05-28 0:29
Very beautiful composition from that picturesque place. I like the way you've spotted the boat. Well seen!
baddori (19689) 2012-05-30 0:12
Una icona della piccola isola.
Adesso pochi cristiani e nessun veneziano .
Una bella nota che interessa i turisti....
E per te buona giornata .
npecanhuk (65378) 2012-05-30 6:13
Wonderful picture of a picturesque location!
Special regards to the chosen pov, vertical format, composition (with the sailing boat framed by that ancient arch), colors and exposure!
TFS - congrats,
- Copyright: Vasilis Protopapas (vasilpro) (40933)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-25
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D90, Nikon AF-S VR 18-105mm f/3.5 - 5.6G ED, HOYA 67mm HD Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/11, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Naxos island - Cyclades, Greece
- Theme(s): Naxos Island (4) - Greece [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-26 10:35