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  • 1. Delos Archaeological Site

    Museum/Gallery

    This tiny, sacred place—the fabled birthplace of Apollo—is a testament to Greece’s glorious ancient civilization, home to one of the most fascinating...Read More

  • 2. Agora of the Competialists

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The first monument you'll see, on the left from the harbor, is the Agora of the Competialists (circa 150 BC). The competialists were members...Read More

  • 3. Ancient Theater and Residential Quarter

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Beyond the path that leads to the southern part of the island is this ancient theater, built in the early 3rd century BC. It once sat 5,500...Read More

  • 4. Ancient Thira

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    A Dorian city—with 9th-century BC tombs, an engraved phallus, Hellenistic houses, and traces of Byzantine fortifications and churches—floats...Read More

  • 5. Avenue of the Lions

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    One of the most evocative and recognizable sights of Delos is the 164-foot-long Avenue of the Lions. The five marble beasts, which were carved...Read More

  • 6. Gymnasium

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Northeast of the palaestras is the Gymnasium, a square courtyard nearly 131 feet long on each side. "Gym" means naked in Greek, and here men...Read More

  • 7. Kastro Apilarou

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Above the village of Sangri, you can make out the ruins of Kastro Apilarou, the castle of the Italian conquerer, Marco Sanudo, who conquered...Read More

  • 8. Mt. Kythnos

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    A dirt path leads up the base of Mt. Kynthos, which is the highest point on the island. Here lie the remains of many Middle Eastern shrines...Read More

  • 9. Portara

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Although the capital town is primarily beloved for its Venetian elegance and picturesque blind alleys, Naxos's most famous landmark is ancient...Read More

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  • 10. Sanctuary of Apollo

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Beyond the Sacred Way is one of the most important sites on the island, the Sanctuary of Apollo. Three separate temples originally stood here...Read More

  • 11. Sanctuary of Dionysus

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Immediately to the right of the Archaeological Museum is the small Sanctuary of Dionysus, which was erected about 300 BC. Outside the sanctuary...Read More

  • 12. Sanctuary of Poseidon

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The reason to come to this small community northwest of Tinos Town is to visit the large, untended Sanctuary of Poseidon, also dedicated to...Read More

  • 13. Sanctuary of the Bulls

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Southeast of the Sanctuary of Apollo is the ruins of the Sanctuary of the Bulls, an extremely long and narrow structure built, it is thought...Read More

  • 14. Temple of Demeter

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This marble Archaic temple, circa 530 BC, was lovingly restored by German archaeologists during the 1990s. Demeter was a grain goddess, and...Read More

  • 15. The Sacred Lake

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    A short distance north of the Sanctuary of the Bulls is an oval indentation in the earth where the Sacred Lake once sparkled. It is surrounded...Read More

  • 16. The Sacred Way

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    East of the Agora of the Competialists you’ll find the entrance to the Sacred Way, which leads north to the temple of Apollo. The Way was once...Read More

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