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Delos

Listed under Islands in Cyclades Islands, Greece.

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Delos is an exquisite little island that is steeped in mythology. According to legend, the island was revealed by Poseidon so that Zeus's mistress could give birth to their son. Mythology aside, Delos has much to offer. There are numerous ruins, the oldest of which, the Hellenistic Agora, dates back to 2nd century BC. The famous Terrace of Lions dates back to 600 BC. The population of the island is listed at 14, so visitors come for the day.

Written by  Tony Owusu.

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Delos

According to Greek mythology, Apollo was born on this tiny island in the Cyclades archipelago. Apollo's sanctuary attracted pilgrims from all over Greece and Delos was a prosperous trading port. The island bears traces of the succeeding civilizations in the Aegean world, from the 3rd millennium B.C. to the palaeochristian era. The archaeological site is exceptionally extensive and rich and conveys the image of a great cosmopolitan Mediterranean port.

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