The Birthplace of Apollo and Artemis Jun 01, 2007
If you find yourself in Mykonos with some spare time, definitely take a tour to the nearby island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For Greek Mythology lovers, Delos is significant for legend states it was the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. Their mother was banished from the earth by Zeus' jealous wife, Hera, and Poseidon took pity, provided Delos as a place to rest and give birth.
An interesting note about Delos as it was once declared a free port and was the financial center of the Mediterranean at one point, selling up to 10,000 slaves on a daily basis. There were various religious shrines present as many foreigners converged in Delos.
One of the most impressive sights while visiting Delos is the Avenue of the Lions. While the ones seen on the island itself are recreations, the original ones are in the museum on the island. They are the guardians of the Sacred Lake.
Part of the Mykonos & Delos (June 07) travel blog
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