Naxos Portara,Cyclades: The Portara, or the Great Door, is essentially a massive marbledoorway (of the temple of Apollo), that stands proudly as the jewel of Naxos.It lies close to the port, on the islet of Palatia which was once a hill. Backin the ancient times, a strip of land connected the north side of Naxos port tothe islet of Palatia. Today, the strip of land has been replaced by a causeway.Myth has it that the islet of Palatia was exactly where Ariadne, the Minoanprincess was abandoned by her lover, Theseus after he killed Minotaur on theisland of Crete.Around the year 530 B.C whenNaxos was at its peak of glory, the then ruler, Lygdamis wanted to build thehighest and most magnificent buildings in all of Greece in Naxos. He orderedfor a massive temple to be built but when war broke out between Naxos andSamos, the work stopped abruptly.After that, Lygdamis wasoverthrown in 506 BC and the temple, which was supposed to be at least ahundred feet tall, was never completed. Today all that remains ofthe temple is the Portara. The temple was supposed to be Ionic, 59 m longand 28 m wide with a peristyle of 6x12 columns with double porticos at its end.It is believed that this temple was to be built in the honor of Apollo, theGreek God who protected music and poets. Proof of this lies in the fact thatthe temple faces in the direction of Delos, which is believed to be Apollo'sbirthplace.