JOURNEY INTO DELOS

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Delos is a Greek island in the Cyclades archipelago which was both an influential political force and, with its sanctuary to the god Apollo, an important religious center in the Archaic and Classical periods. The island was also a major commercial and trading center in the 2nd and 1st centuries CE..

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I'm a kid from Alabama who once thought going to Panama City Beach was exotic. Thirteen years later I've been to over fourteen countries and over 35 states in America over 105 cities worldwide, and on city number 102 I visited Delos a small but rich in history island about 45 min off the coast of Mykonos.

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My first initial steps on this sacred city were to think, "Wow" look at all these cool artifacts. I'm 5,917 miles away from where I took my first steps in life, and now I'm walking in the same footsteps of some of the mythical gods.

Sitting in the city of humans theater made me reflect on how a human being has always sought to tell stories and learn from life. Some of the greatest minds of its time sat in the seats behind me.
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10 FACTS ABOUT DELOS

1. The excavation of Delos started around 1872.

2. Houses typically had ground floors for dining rooms, latrines, kitchens and working rooms. Upper floors were private for the owners and women’s quarters.

3. House of Cleopatra and the Temple of Apollo.

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4. The Theatre Quarter seated 5,500 people could watch the arts.

5. The Sanctuary of Apollo, located in The Sacred Way area, has a statue piece of Apollo’s torso. Other parts of the body are located in various museums.

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6. The Sacred Precinct was approached from the south by a broad paved path, running between two Doric stoas, to arrive at the second-century-BC Propylaia, the main gateway into the sanctuary. From here, you reach three parallel temples of Apollo, and opposite them, in the center of the precinct, the Keraton, an Ionic temple surrounded by columns built on granite foundations. The Keraton, which was dedicated to Apollo and contained a famous altar with rams' horns set round it, was probably built on the site of an earlier temple from the seventh century BC.

7. The Hall of the Bulls dates to the Hellenistic period (fourth century BC), and was probably designed to house a trireme (long, narrow ancient ship) to celebrate victory after an important naval battle. It measures approximately 67 meters by nine meters and stood on a granite platform approached by three marble steps, which are still partly preserved. The interior is a long gallery with a cavity in the center, forming a half-a-meter-deep basin. It takes its name from the bulls' heads carved into the capitals of the interior columns

8. Swans once swam in the oval Sacred Lake, which has remained empty since 1925 when it was drained due to an outbreak of malaria. It was here, on the shores of the lake, that Leto was believed to have given birth to Apollo, under a palm tree. The lake, which is overlooked by the Terrace of the Lions, marks the end of the Sacred Precinct.

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9.The archaeological museum displays an impressive collection of finds from the site, although some of the finest items found here are now in the National Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. In the two central rooms are works of Archaic art, including a marble tripod base with a ram's head and Gorgons (seventh century BC), a sphinx, several kouroi and korai (sixth century BC), a massive marble hand of the Naxian Apollo, and three seated figures of women (seventh century BC). Other notable exhibits include decorative fragments from the Temple of the Athenians and votive offerings from the Temple of Artemis. There is a small café-restaurant next to the museum.

10.South of the archaeological museum, a 10-minute walk along a new path leads to the restored Temple of Isis, built on a small hill. A Doric Temple dating from the second century BC, it houses the lower half of a statue (from the waist down) of the goddess Isis. Originally an Ancient Egyptian goddess representing the ideal mother and wife, Isis was later worshiped by both the Greeks and Romans. In front of the temple stands an altar to the goddess.

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