Restoration works to start in Delos

Restoration works to start in Delos

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Posted by Greeka on 18 May 2011

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The holy island of Delos, the birth place of god Apollon and goddess Artemis and one of the most important mythological and archaeological sites in the world, is on the top of the list for maintenance and restoration works.

The first monument to be restored will be the ancient theatre of Delos, of which only the orchestra can be seen today. The theatre could seat 6,500 people in the past, but today many seats are ruined, falling apart or covered by vegetation, which is dangerous for both the audience and the monument.

Many other monuments in Delos need urgent restoration, including ancient temples, the large cistern, wall frescoes and houses, as they are gradually ruined by the strong wind, extreme heat and humidity.

Not to mention, the island of Delos, which was destroyed in 69 B.C., was the largest religious centre of the antiquity and it is visited today by 125,000 people every year.

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liafail wrote on May 18, 2011

Delos is so fascinating! The tour guides are wonderful and groups are small enough that you can really appreciate all the knowledge you can absorb. Good to know it is not forgotten in this economy.

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