The Temple of Apollo on the Cycladic Island of Naxos is the latest addition to the Google Arts & Culture platform and its Open Heritage Gateway, which digitally records important monuments of the world.
Google launched the Open Heritage Gateway last year on the occasion of World Heritage Day, and has been adding information and videos giving 3D views of the monuments ever since then to its database.
The renowned Temple of Naxos was added to the global database in April of 2019.
This year the company announced it has further expanded this program, making the history and data of digitized monuments available to future generations of researchers and students. The collection includes iconic monuments as well as “amazing places that have been damaged by war and modern development,” as Google notes on its website.
An additional thirty endangered World Heritage sites have been added to the Google Arts & Culture platform since January besides the Temple of Apollo, including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in the US, the Tu Duc tomb in Vietnam, Syrian monuments, and others.
The Temple of Apollo, built but left unfinished in the 6th century BC, still preserves a tall marble gate, known as the ”Portara,” which is visible to ships sailing into Naxos and has become an iconic landmark of the island.