NAXOS AR: a new way to explore cultural heritage starting in Naxos Island!

NAXOS AR application introduces a groundbreaking way to engage with the historical site of Portara, enabling users to experience the rich history of Naxos through Augmented Reality (AR) and cutting-edge technology. It has been developed by technology company MOPTIL, in collaboration with the Municipality of Naxos and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades, as part of the “Naxos Smart Island” Initiative, supported by Amazon Web Services.

NAXOS AR recreates the Temple of Apollo with the famous Portara as it would have been in its glory days in an innovative way and allows visitors and residents to explore the Temple and learn about its history in an interactive and playful manner. The 3D virtual representations have been developed under the supervision of Professor Panos Valavanis, Emeritus Professor of Classical Archeology of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens.

NAXOS AR opens up new paths of exploration in our archaeological sites and in the promotion of cultural heritage. It utilizes cutting-edge technologies, such as Augmented Reality (AR) and AWS cloud technology infrastructures, contributing to the creation of new perspectives in the spread of Culture, not only in Naxos, but throughout the country.

The app is available now in Google Play and App Store here.

For further insights into the development of the “NAXOS AR” application, you can listen to a podcast by Fanouris Drakakis, published on

Find the podcast here and related publicity here.

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