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Delos, the birthplace of God Apollo, the God of the sun

Mykonos ● 10 October 2018
 

It is hardly surprising that the ancient Greeks considered the island to be the birthplace of not only the Apollo, the god of sun, beauty, poetry and light but also of Artemis, the goddess of fertility. Nor is the fact that poets from Pindar and Homer to Seferis have sung its praises and sanctity. The archaeological site of Delos is a World Heritage UNESCO Site, a unique place in Greece, in Europe, in the world.

Delos

The visitors feel its energy as soon as they step off the boat from Mykonos onto its amazing shores. The dazzling sunlight reflects on the marble relics with exquisite glow, asking from them to tell their story that dates back to centuries ago. 

Around 2500 B.C., the first residents of this tiny island in the middle of the Aegean Sea built rudimentary huts. They were followed by the Mycenaeans in the late 15th century B.C., while the Temple of Apollo was built in Homeric Times and thrived in Archaic and Classical Times (7th-4th century B.C.).

The city, whose remains are still visible, was endowed with spectacular public buildings, luxurious residences, a theatre and harbours. It is estimated that around B.C. it has about 30.000 residents. People literally from all over the world, Rome, Egypt, Macedonia, Athens, Arabia, Black Sea and Cyprus came to live in the glory of Delos. They lived in harmony, having adopted the Greek way of life, speaking and writing Greek. They worshipped their own gods, each in his way, but worked together and attended the same schools. This was the greatest legacy of Delos to humanity. It proved that peaceful coexistence among different people is something achievable.

Walk around this marvellous site, admire the Temple of Apollo, the impressive statues of lions, the Sanctuary of Dionysus, the retaining wall of the marble theatre, the Granite monument, the house of Cleopatra and Dioskourides, the House of Dionysus, the Xenon Hotel, a majestic building with many rooms to host visitors, the Temple of Isis, the House of Hermes, the Quarter of Inopos and the coastal shops. Don’t miss visiting the museum of Delos with its precious exhibits and sculptures that date back to 5th-1st century B.C.

You can go to Delos by boat from Mykonos in less than half an hour. Most people go to Delos during summer, but we highly recommend you to do this exploration in fall or spring because the sun in the Cyclades in the high season is really hot!

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