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 - October 2015
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.
Mith - March 2006
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.
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Full name: Delos
1990 - InscribedReasons for inscription
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- Gates depicting Lions The Terrace of the Lions dedicated to Apollo by the people of Naxos shortly before 600 BC, had originally nine to twelve squatting, snarling marble guardian lions along the Sacred Way; one is inserted over the main gate to the Venetian Arsenal. (wiki)
- Hypostyle Hypostyle Hall (Stoa of Poseidon)
- Monumental Fountains "The Minoan Fountain, referred to in the inscriptions and identified by a relief bearing a dedication to "Minoan Nymphs", is a public well hewn in the rock. It was covered by a square building, open on the south side, which was flanked by a Doric portico. The water level could be reached by the stone steps on the south side. The fountain was constructed in the second half of the 6th century B.C. and remained in use for a very long time, until the late Hellenistic period, when it was finally converted into a house. "
- Sphinx Greek sphinx, found at the surrounding archeological site, in the Delos Museum.
Religion and Belief
- Jewish religion and culture Oldest synagogue in the diaspora
- Built in the 7th century BC The island contains archaeological remains dating back to 3rd millennium BC. By the time of the Odyssey (c8C BC) it was already 'famed' as the birthplace of Apollo (in 425BC the Athenians decreed that, as such, no-one should be born or die there). Its decline began in 1st C BC and was completed by Rome's preference for Rhodes as a trading centre. Its remains cover a wide period of history - e.g Terrace of the Lions (c600 BC), Stoivadeion (c300 BC), Agora of the Competaliasts (2C BC). The 'chosen' century is based on the statement for Criterion III - "From the 7th century B.C. to the pillage by Athenodoros, the island of Delos was one of the principal Panhellenic sanctuaries"
World Heritage Process
- Extensions on Tentative List Ancient Greek Theatres (16/01/2014) - possibly a double entry