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Naxos, 2006. copyright photographer Marilyn Bridges

Naxos, Temple of Apollo, 2006. A causeway connects the rocky islet of Palatia with the capital of the Aegean island of Naxos. The rectangular ruins of the Temple of Apollo, begun in 530 BC by the tyrant Lygdamis, are visible near the center of the photograph. The tyrant was overthrown and the temple never completed. Its marble remains were later converted into a church, and finally dismantled to build a castle. The stones of the original entrance two pillars some twenty feet high connected by a lintel were too heavy to be demolished and have remained standing for 25 centuries.

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