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Delos is a small island and archaelogical site that is part of the Cyclades island group.
It has been made a WHS because of:
- its role in early archaeology,
- its part in Aegean history,
- its important role as cosmopolitan Mediterranean port from the 4th to the 1st century BC,
- it being the mythological birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.


John Booth (New Zealand):
Delos Island is accessible by daily ferries from Mykonos. The WHS takes up half of the area of the island, so to see it all means a lot of walking. In the middle of the island is a museum containing statues and artifacts found on the island, one of the bvest in Greece.

In antiquity Delos was a consular city, where governments around the Mediterranean, and as far away as Syria, sent representatives to resolve disputes, arrange trade etc.

The residents obviously enjoyed a high degree of comfort, judging from the size of their houses, the amenities and entertainment available.
Date posted: October 2015
Mith (Australia):
Abseloutley an amazing experience of a life time with so much to see with so much history and meaning. there's passion through every temple, statue or monument.
Truly Fantastic
Date posted: March 2006

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Site info

Country: Greece
Inscribed: 1990
Cultural Heritage
Criteria:  (2) (3) (4) (6)
Category: Archaeological site, Ancient Greece

Site history:
1990 Inscribed
Reasons for inscription

Site links

Official website:
»Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism

In the news:
» Ancient theatre of Delos to be restored (23-03-2012).

Related links:
» Wiki on Delos.

Related Forum posts:
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Getting there

This WHS has 1 location(s).


Gates depicting Lions . Hypostyle . Monumental Fountains . Sphinx .
Aegean Sea . Mediterranean shore .
Archaic Greece . Homeric Locations .
Human Activity
Erotic art . Locations for playing sport .
Religion and Belief
Jewish religion and culture .
Built in the 7th century BC .
Cultural sites taking up an entire island . Shortest WHS names .
World Heritage Process
Extensions on Tentative List .

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