History of Delos Island, Greece
History of Delos
Explore the Historic Island of Delos
A UNESCO world heritage site, barren, dry Delos is the smallest island in the Aegean (just 6.85 km2) was considered the most sacred of all the islands during ancient times and to be the center of the cyclades. A stone's throw away from cosmopolitan Mykonos, a visit there is a visit to the heart of sacred, ancient Greece.
Greek mythology tells us that the godess Leto, pregnant by Zeus and escaping the wrath of Hera, was able to find sanctuary here in order to give birth to Apollo, god of light and Artemis, godess of the Moon. The island was sanctified making it so no mortal would ever be allowed to be born or die on its land. Women on the brink of childbirth and people close to dying would be carried to the neighbouring island of Rineia.
Delos, under the Athenians, increased its importance when it was chosen as the meeting place and treasury for the Delian League in 478 BCE. In 454 BCE the treasury was moved to Athens and the Athenians also took over administration of the site.
Beyond the sanctuary of Apollo, there were also temples dedicated to a number of other dieties showing just how cosmopolitan the island was; Isis, Serapis and Cabeiri. The island also had markets and warehouses, and a residential area dating from the 2nd century BCE. Grid street plans and foundations of large houses, with mosaics, wall paintings, and colonnades reflect the island's wealth. Antiquities date from the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods.
Every year, multitudes visit Delos to share in its magic landscape and unique archeological importance. The island is a short 20 minute boat ride from Mykonos. Boats depart daily in the summer, weather permitting.
Reasons to visit the charming island of Delos
It is a breath away from the cosmopolitan Mykonos. As a result, you can enrich your Greek vacation with a civilized visit that is a departure from the standard activities that one would engage in when visiting the "queen of the Cyclades".
It is closely connected with Greek Mythology. From the moment you set foot on the historic island, a whole world of ancient excellence will unfold in front of you. There, you can see famous Greek myths and legends come to life and breathe the same air that the locals breathed thousands of years ago.
It is a place where ancient Greek history is exhibited. Especially if you are a fan of history, it will absolutely excite you. The whole island is a majestic archeological site that will make you impressed by the heritage of our country. There you will have the opportunity to admire ancient temples and monuments, while you will see what everyday life was like on the island many centuries ago.
To reach Delos, you must sail in the bright waters of the Aegean on a sailing trip that will make you appreciate the beauty of Greece in all its glory. Do not hesitate to seize the opportunity for such an experience. you will definitely regret it if you do not!
You will have the opportunity to swim in amazing blue waters that most people do not have the experience. Whether you dive into the sea from your boat or reach one of the nearby beaches, it will be a swimming adventure that you will never forget!