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DELOS

Delos is the uninhabited island at 6 miles from Mykonos, in the center of the Aegean Sea, the center of Cyclades, a vast archaeological site with superb monuments drawing thousands of visitors in pilgrimage.
A view of Delos

Today people visit Delos for it was for a thousand years or so after the ninth century BC, the political and religious center of the Aegean.

The archaeological site covers almost the entire island, starting on the west side, where the sacred harbor was.

From the harbor, a majestic sacred way led to the Sanctuary of Apollo, where there were temples, altars, votive offerings and other buildings. There are ruins of four temples to Apollo, one of them known as the Temple of the Athenians.

To the east is the Sanctuary of the bulls an oblong building, and to the north are the Treasuries and the long, narrow Stoa of Antigonns. In the northwest corner is the much smaller Sanctuary of Artemis, with an Ionic temple to the goddess, and the Tomb of the Two Hyperborean Maidens. Still further north is the region of the sacred lake, with the Terrace of the Lions, the Letoon, the Agora of the Italians and the Institution of the Poseidoniasts of Berytos.

A little further along are some fine examples of houses and a palaestra. To the north-east of the lake are the Stadium and the Gymnasium. Some of the houses yielded superb mosaic floors with representations of Dionysus, a dolphin and a trident. A narrow channel separates Delos from Rhenia, where there is an important burial ground.

The Museum of Delos has sculptures of the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods, together with a collection of vases from various periods.

How to get there
Access to Delos is by caique, principally from nearby Mykonos but also from other Cycladic islands.

Useful telephone numbers

Mykonos Port Authority: +30 2289 022218
Delos Archaeological site: +30 2289 022259
Delos Museum: +30 2289 022259



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