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DELOS

Delos island is one of the most historic Greek areas, with brilliant civilization and several solicitude sights that invite you to discover. One of the sheerest and most sunlit islands of the Aegean and the broader Mediterranean Sea, a place for pilgrimage and conducted tours for thousands of tourists every year.

The island is imposing and refers to the splendor of the Greek spirit. Its selection as the ground of worshiping the god of light is not circumstantial since it gives the sensation that here the sun shines most. The small island of Delos constitutes a huge archaeological ground, on of the significant in Greece.

Delos is not inhabited though it is offered exclusively for conducted tours at the sights. The huge number of the 5000 year old monuments show the glory of the island that represented a religious, spiritual and cultural center for the ancient world. The most significant are:

The remains of the three Temples devoted to the god Apollo: the Temple of the Delian, the Temple of the Athenian and the limestone Temple built at the king Peisistratos years.

The propylaea of the 2nd century B.C. and the Competalistian Market, a mercantile club of Roman citizens and uninhibited slaves who graced "Lares Competates" the gods of the quadrivials every year

The Athenian horn altar of the 4th century where the citizens stepped honoring Apollo, founded by him -according to the myth- and made of horns from animals killed by Artemis.

The Artemisio, the Artemis sanctum, built at the archaic period. At the west side the colossal statue of Apollo was erected.

The Thaesmophorion, god's Dimitra (Demeter) and Koris sanctum, the Ekklisiastirion where the Boule sit and the Antigonos stoa, the Taurus monument, the Prytaneion of the 5th century B.C. said that had blanketed the ship sanctified by Dimitrios o Poliorkitis (ancient Greek besieger), the delian Market and Dionysus Temple.

At the Limni's district you will find:

The Italian Market, a manor of the 2nd century B.C., Lito's small Temple of the archaic times, the "twelve ancient Greek Gods" Temple and the famous "Lion Rue" with its nine marmoreal lions, offering from the Naxos citizens.

The Holy Lake where the saintly swans of Apollo. Western the lake was stated the "Koino ton Poseidoniaston" (Community of the Poseidoniastes), traders from Beirut that was used as the domicile, club and chapel to Poseidon. North of the lake you will find the ruins of th Palaistra, the stadium and the Gymnasium.

At the Theaters district that comprised the most densely populated section of the island you will see:

House remains such as the house of Prosopeia, with mosaics affiliated to Dionysus praise. Near this house 2nd century's 5000 spectator capacitated Theater's ruins appear.

At the Kythnos mountain area were stated many sanctums and worship monuments such as the one for Hercules, Zeus and Hera.

In the Museum are exhibited Classic period's pieces and miscellanea of earthen vessels of the Prehistoric and the Hellenistic period. The group of Artemis, the Apollo's statue and the mosaic floors worth your look-in.

Map of Delos

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