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Archaeological Site of Delos | Mykonos

Updated: Nov 22, 2019

The island of Delos, near Mykonos, near the center of the Cyclades archipelago, is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. The excavations in the island are among the most extensive in the Mediterranean.

Photo by: www.shinygreece.com | Panagiotis Papadellis


Ongoing work takes place under the direction of the French School at Athens and many of the artifacts found are on display at the Archaeological Museum of Delos and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

Photo by: Bernard Gagnon, House of Cleopatra, Delos, CC BY-SA 3.0


Delos had a position as a holy sanctuary for a millennium before Olympian Greek mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. From its Sacred Harbour, the horizon shows the two conical mounds (image below) that have identified landscapes sacred to a goddess in other sites: one, retaining its Pre-Greek name Mount Kynthos, is crowned with a sanctuary of Zeus.

Photo by: www.shinygreece.com | Panagiotis Papadellis


Established as a culture center, Delos had an importance that its natural resources could never have offered.

Photo by: www.shinygreece.com | Panagiotis Papadellis


In 1990, UNESCO inscribed Delos on the World Heritage List, citing it as the "exceptionally extensive and rich" archaeological site which "conveys the image of a great cosmopolitan Mediterranean port".


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