My last day on Naxos I thought to myself: “Why not go to Apolonas for lunch!”. After a few hours I was standing above Apolonas and looking at the third an most large kouros that exist in the Naxos landscape. This is unfinished and abandon at the marble quarry as the other two.
In the landscape on Naxos Island there are three giant marble sculptures, which are incomplete statues of young men, probably intended to be on a temple roof. Length is from about 6 – 10 metres. They are to be found close to the marble quarry where the marble was mined. The statues dates from the 8th to 6th century B.C.
Friday I desided to visit two of the sculptures: Kouros of Melanes and Kouros of Potamia (in the picture). It’s a nice area to go by scooter, little traffic and a lovely green landscape! The first statue is laying in a fertile valley, an olive grove. It’s a very peaceful place. 10-15 years ago I remember that it was possible to have a coffee in the adjacent garden, Paradise Garden, during the main season. To find the second, Kouros of Potamia, you have to go uphill a few hundred metres. From there it is a nice view of the valley below.