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Delos > The Sacred Island  
The holy island of Ancient Greeks which according to the mythology was revealed in Lito who was persecuted from Ira through the waves of Aegean, in order to give birth to her son Apollo and her daughter Artemis. In Delos exist the ruins of one of the bigger and very impressively organised settlements of Greco-Roman antiquity. The island firstly inhabited the 3rd millenium b.c. probably from “Kares”.
 
In the beginning of the 10th century eg is becoming a significant religious place. In the dues of 6th century b.c. Athenians tend they dominate also in the holy island. From 540 b.c., Peisistratos had already decided his first purgation, while with second, 426 b.c., the bones of all deads of Delos are transported in the neighbouring island Rineia and henceforth births and deaths are prohibited in the island of Apollo. With the arrival of Macedonians 315 b.c. the island acquires its independence and the possibility to be developed commercially.
 
The settlement of Romans later, has as result the massive attendance of Egyptians, Syrias and Italians and the further growth of island until 88 b.c. where at the duration of Mithridatikon wars, it suffers two horrible attacks and begins to decline until its final abandonment the 6th a.d. of century. After centuries of immobility the French Archaeological Faculty begins excavations in the archaeological space in 1873 and Delos arises from the oblivion, revealing its rich History to the whole world.
 
The archaeological Museum of Delos is today one of the most famous in Greece, with infrequent exhibits as sculptures, vessels, signs, marvellous mosaics etc.. Delos and Rineia are under the protection of Ministry of Culture the mooring of ships and the overnight stay of individuals without special authorisation are prohibited.