Photographer's Note

The islet, faces the port and is situated on it an extraordinary and unique - in the whole Aegean monument - enormous door - "Portara" - which magnetizes the dekko of the visitor, filling him with questions.
In the 3rd millennium B.C. a settlement existed near the islet and is speculated that "Palaces" was the acropolis/citadel of Cycladic settlement. Today we see the foundations of "ekatompedou" ( 100 feet long) temple that began to be built in 530 B.C. by the tyrant of Naxos Ligdamis, but never was finished. The "Portara" is built from 4 marbles; each one has length more than 6 metres and weights 20 tonnes. For their placement were used a “winch” and scaffold. The threshold of Gate is higher than the floor of this temple, and this is met only in the temple of Didimaiou (twin) Apollo of Militos. The form of the temple is rectangular with figurations in both sides. The "Portara" "sees" to Delos, referring to god Apollo and is so synonymous with the temple in Delos island, the temple of Deleon Apollo.
In the 6th century B.C. the "Palaces" was a very good fortress near the city, and there are installed the Erythreans and the “Milisius" in one of their fights against Naxos. One noble woman from Naxos, Polikriti, who was captured, sent a message in her compatriots and thus she saved Naxos. In the 5th or 6th century B.C. was changed into a Christian Royal church. Many marbles were transported and built in the Castle the period of Latin Domination. The destruction was also continued at the Ottoman Domination.
When you find yourself in the islet of Palaces you will remember the words of G. Theotoka: "A boat that fishes between Paros and Naxos interests me more than a new revolution, a new fashion or a new aesthetic in Europe, a new engine in America, a new secretive in Asia. Peacefulness! Peacefulness!". With the islet of Palaces are connected organically Grotta, Aplomata and Kaminaki.

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