Delos – 5

The final piece about the Greek Island of Delos, at the centre of The Cyclades.

Following the Brown Path on the map the visitor heads across the Hippodrome and past the Archegesion or Sanctuary of Anios, mythical archegetes and king of Delos. This building dates from the 6th Century BCE, but was remodelled during the Hellenistic period. Just before the Stadium is the Gymasium with its elegant doorways. The Stadium is in a beautiful location, overlooking the Mediterranean. The buildings closer to the sea would have served all the needs of the people attending the nearby games.   

Retracing your steps to the Museum, turn left in front of the building and follow the path up the hill to the Sanctuary of the Syrian Deities followed by the Temple of Isis or Sanctuary of the Egyptian Deities. Next comes the Sanctuary of Hera on a specially created terrace at the foot of the hill, presumably built by the Delians to try and placate the angry goddess. A stairway leads to the Sanctuary of Zeus and Athena at the top of the hill, from where there a great views over the islands in the vicinity of Delos.

In the Theatre Quarter The House of the Dolphins and The House of the Masks were both private houses with mosaic floors. The Xenon was a hotel. The Theatre is still impressive and would have held 5,500 spectators in its heyday. The House of Hermes is worth finding as it has two floors of columns.   

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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