Pausanias Project
Prasiai Bay (modern Porto Rafti) was the largest port of Attica after the Peiraieus, and was also the safest harbor. On an island in the bay are the remains of a colossal marble statue. To go to the statue one must contact one of the local fishermen, who are often willing to sail tourists for a fee. Local folklore identifies this figure with the Raftis (tailor) to which the port is now called. He would also have had a pair of scissors. In fact, it is likely that a woman is depicted. Of ancient remains the (very meager) remnants of a Hellenistic fort are to be mentioned, probably built by the troops of the Egyptian-Greek admiral Patroklos. Pausanias mentions that the gifts of the Hyperboreans to Apollo on Delos were shipped from Prasiai. He also reports that one of the first emissaries to Delos, Erysichthon the son of Cecrops, on his way back from Delos died and was buried in Prasiai.


Above, the Raftis, below the island as seen from a boat and two pictures of the fort.
   Attica - Prasiai