The Cyclades

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  • 1. Delos Archaeological Site


    This tiny 3-mile-long island was once considered the most sacred place in the known world and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fabled as...Read More

  • 2. Agora of the Competialists


    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


    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 Thera


    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


    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


    Northeast of the palaestras is the Gymnasium, a square courtyard nearly 131 feet long on each side. Scratched into the rock are early graffiti...Read More

  • 7. Kastro Apilarou


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

  • 8. Monument of the Bulls


    Southeast of the Sanctuary of Apollo are the ruins of the Monument of the Bulls, also known as the Neorion, an extremely long and narrow structure...Read More

  • 9. Mt. Kythnos


    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

  • 10. Portara


    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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  • 11. Sanctuary of Apollo


    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

  • 12. Sanctuary of Dionysus


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

  • 13. Temple of Demeter


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

  • 14. The Sacred Lake


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

  • 15. The Sacred Way


    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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