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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 3rd mill. BC
Date of Inscription: 1990
Location: Europe, Greece, Region of the South Aegean, Prefecture of Cyclades
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Description: According to Greek mythology this tiny island in the Cyclades archipelago was the birthplace of Apollo. Delos became an affluent trading port, through its attraction of countless pilgrims from all over Greece, who flocked to Apollo's sanctuary. The succeeding civilizations of the Aegean world, from the 3rd millennium B.C. to the palaeochristian era, have also left evidential traces upon the island. The outstandingly extensive and rich archaeological site provides an illustration of a great cosmopolitan port within the Mediterranean. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The island of Delos (Greek: Δήλος, Dhilos), isolated in the centre of the roughly circular ring of islands called the Cyclades, near Mykonos, is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. The excavations in the island are among the most extensive in the Mediterranean; ongoing work takes place under the direction of the French School at Athens. Delos had a position as a holy sanctuary for a millennium before Olympian Greek mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. From its Sacred Harbour, the horizon shows the two conical mounds (image below) that have identified landscapes sacred to a goddess in other sites: one, retaining its archaic name Mount Kynthos, is crowned with a sanctuary of Dionysus. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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