a small rocky island, 5km long and less than 1.5km wide. It is estimated that in the early time of the 1st century BC, up to 30,000 people were living here. Today’s population is under 20 inhabitants.
For ancient Greeks, Delos was allegedly the most sacred place as Apollo and Artemis were born here, two of the most important Gods.
Delos first inhabitants are likely to have built their homes on the top of the Kynthos Hill around 2.500 BC. The Kynthos Cave is mostly a man-made cave, roofed by large blocks of granite. The Cave is located near the summit of Kynthos Hill. Delos ancient settlement as seen today developed fast after year 165 BC, and become a major religious center and port during the 1st millennium B.C.
The excavations of Delos started in 1872-73 by the French School in Athens and are still ongoing. Delos museum was built on-site in 1904 by the Archaeological Society of Athens Its original five rooms was expanded in 1931 and in 1972 to nine rooms.
Excavated by the Italian School of Archaeology see Rhodes, Helios god of the sun
Delos Island easy to get there
There are several ferries for Delos (less than €10.00 return 2016) leaving Mykonos town harbour from 09:00 until 12.50 daily (except Monday, when the Delos site is closed). The return time is between 11:00 and 15:00. Departure and return times are posted on the notice board at the old Jetty at the western end of the harbour.
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