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History and teachings
The archaeological site on the island of Delos is the remains of a sanctuary to the gods Apollo and Artemis, and the city that developed around it. The on-site museum has one of the finest collections of ancient Greek sculpture, as well as displays exhibiting numerous artifacts recovered from excavations around the island. These artifacts give an insight into the daily life of the ancient inhabitants of the island. For an island that is no more than 5 kilometres long and around 1,300 wide the estimated population for 90 BC is 30,000. The population survey carried out by the Greek government in 2001 records 14 inhabitants on the island. Although the island was largely a religious centre, it also had a thriving commercial port. An estimated 750,000 tons of merchandise passed through the port each year during the first century BC.
This cultural experience is defined in this way that consinsts of elements of ancient times in a local level. This is an area that is only for archaeological research and it is defined as a world heritage monument. The excavation of the island has been started by l’ École française d’Athènes and still remains a tool of cultural diplomacy between France and Greece.
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You can only get to Delos on a day trip by ferry from another island. Most commonly the point of departure is Mykonos, but there are also day trips from the islands of Naxos and Paros. There are no hotels or other accommodation providers on the island, the only inhabitants are the caretakers and archaeologists.