Naxos, Hora - view from Portara

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Portara, the giant gate of the temple wich was dedicated to Apollo, which was never completed, is situated in a rocky hill connected with the island of Naxos and overlooks the harbour and the city (C. Theodorou)


Naxos ορ Axia is the largest island of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea.Its surface is 435 sq. km. and has a coastline of 91 km. There are many beautiful villages, like Apeiranthos, Filoti, Chryssi, Apollon and more of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean, like Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, Mikri Vigla, Kastraki, Aliko, Moutsouna etc.

The island has been inhabited since prehistoric and neolithic times, flourished during the classical period and then during the Byzantine and the Frankish period was the centre of the commerce in all Aegean sea. Samples of the culture that developed there throughout the island, including Portara at the port of Hora and two statues of Kouros, of gigantic proportions, near the villages of Apollonas and Melanies, in their propre position. Interesting archeological areas are Iraeo (temple dedicated to Hera) and Gyroulas with the temple of Demetra and important byzantine churches.

In Hora there is the Frankish Castle and the Catholic Metropolis (Cathedral). Till nowadays Naxos, Syros and Tinos are the islands with the most catholic people of Greece.

Naxos is famous for its products, especially art of weaving, meals, excellent local cheeses, potatoes, capers, honey and regiomal drinks (liqueurs).

The island has good enough roads and is a popular touristic destination, with many hotels and facilities.

(text by C. Theodorou)

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Comments (152)

Marc Lacelle on March 22, 2012

Salut Christos Moi comme beaucoup d'autre j'aime cette photo. AmitiésMarc

Christos Theodorou on March 22, 2012

Marc Lacelle - Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes

Alexkarl on March 23, 2012

Marvellous capture, beautiful landscape and view. LIKE!!! Best wishes Alexandra & Karl-Heinz

Christos Theodorou on March 23, 2012

Alexkarl - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens

Gori Bau on April 14, 2012

very nice point of view => LIKE => best regards from Italy, F.

Christos Theodorou on April 14, 2012

goribau - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens - HAPPY EASTER

Triantafyllia Pineli on April 10, 2013

;-)

Christos Theodorou on April 10, 2013

Triantafyllia - Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς.

Di0m3d3s on December 18, 2013

gute Bildaufteilung!

ein guter Ort.

L

Viele Grüße aus Deutschland

Alexander

Christos Theodorou on December 18, 2013

Di0m3d3s - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Best wishes for Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family with good health, happiness and prosperity

mvaro on January 15

Beautiful view, Christos. I like it!

Christos Theodorou on January 15

mvaro - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Best regards from Athens

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 15, 2011
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    by Christos Theodorou
    • Camera: NIKON COOLPIX P1
    • Taken on 2006/08/09 12:44:36
    • Exposure: 0.006s
    • Focal Length: 7.50mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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