Avenue of the Lions
Avenue of the Lions
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An ancient street dating back to the seventh century BC lined with majestic stone lions.
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  • Luis-in-Arizona
    Gilbert, Arizona598 contributions
    Amazing 2600-year-old sphinx like lions
    The row of these seven 2600-year-old sphinx like lion statues is one of the main, iconic image of the island. However, only one of the Iions is original. These lions on the site are perfect copies of those originals that are in the museum in Delo for safety and conservation reasons. It gives you a perspective on what it would have looked like coming to the island when the lions were in their original position. Delos is an island that is currently uninhabited and is mainly an archaeological site . You can’t stay there , only the people that are workers stay on the island . You can get to it by Ferry from the island of Mykonos. In June 2019, we left the old port in the afternoon because we missed the 10am boat. We recommend the guided tour without a doubt, unless you are not going with someone who knows the subject, you will just see pillars and stones piled on an island with a very nice view. Once we disembarked, we met up with a tour guide who was quite informative, extremely nice, and knowledgeable. We got a sense of how bustling a place Delos was at that time. When the tour ended, we had time to tour the museum and some other parts of the island, then took the ferry back to Mykonos. Don't miss the museum! Don't forget to bring sun block, a hat (there are very few shady places), and water! If you run out of water, inside the museum they give away a bottle of water per person. It takes about 4 hours to tour the island (including the guided tour). Take hiking shoes since there is a nice hike uphill were you can get a fabulous view . Mount Kynthos, at 370 feet, is the island's highest point. Up there, are remains of the Temple of Zeus and Athena. To ancient Greeks, this peak seems to look like the spot from which Poseidon had pulled the island up from the deep. Two warnings: bathing and pets are not allowed on the island.
    Written July 20, 2020
  • Geoff H
    Sissinghurst, United Kingdom11,829 contributions
    Very impressive
    There have probably been more photographs taken of these lions than of any other artefact on Delos. However, they are only replicas. To prevent further erosion, the original marble lions are in the museum (which was closed when we visited). Even though they are only replicas, they are still very impressive and worth finding.
    Written July 17, 2022
  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia15,613 contributions
    Delos landmark
    This avenue is the symbol of Delos depicted in many ads and commercials about it. It's located from the ferry dock to the left. The Lions are made of Naxos marble which was shipped here some 2500 y ago. Have in mind the ones you see outside are replicas, as the originals are inside the Delos Museum which is currently closed for renovation. Also, one lion is missing - it was taken by the Venetians and is there now.
    Written November 14, 2021
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Geoff H
Sissinghurst, UK11,829 contributions
Jun 2022
There have probably been more photographs taken of these lions than of any other artefact on Delos. However, they are only replicas. To prevent further erosion, the original marble lions are in the museum (which was closed when we visited). Even though they are only replicas, they are still very impressive and worth finding.
Written July 17, 2022
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Scott M
6 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
A nice layout of old ruins with some history as you walk around. Unfortunately the museum was closed on our visit, but this wasn't explained when buying boat tickets, just a sign on the entrance as you arrived.
Nothing much else to see/do on the island.

It cost €60 in total, €22 each for the boat and €8 each to get on the island.
Written June 10, 2022
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Sus1952
Palmerston North, New Zealand2,084 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Sadly the original lions have been removed and so you’re just viewing replicas. As the archaeological museum was also closed I did feel a little cheated.
Written June 8, 2022
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA13,073 contributions
Sep 2021
This is what comes to mind when most people think of Delos. It is probably the most photographed site in the park.
Written November 23, 2021
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia15,613 contributions
Sep 2021
This avenue is the symbol of Delos depicted in many ads and commercials about it.
It's located from the ferry dock to the left.
The Lions are made of Naxos marble which was shipped here some 2500 y ago.
Have in mind the ones you see outside are replicas, as the originals are inside the Delos Museum which is currently closed for renovation.
Also, one lion is missing - it was taken by the Venetians and is there now.
Written November 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Luis-in-Arizona
Gilbert, AZ598 contributions
Aug 2019
The row of these seven 2600-year-old sphinx like lion statues is one of the main, iconic image of the island. However, only one of the Iions is original. These lions on the site are perfect copies of those originals that are in the museum in Delo for safety and conservation reasons. It gives you a perspective on what it would have looked like coming to the island when the lions were in their original position.
Delos is an island that is currently uninhabited and is mainly an archaeological site . You can’t stay there , only the people that are workers stay on the island . You can get to it by Ferry from the island of Mykonos. In June 2019, we left the old port in the afternoon because we missed the 10am boat.
We recommend the guided tour without a doubt, unless you are not going with someone who knows the subject, you will just see pillars and stones piled on an island with a very nice view. Once we disembarked, we met up with a tour guide who was quite informative, extremely nice, and knowledgeable. We got a sense of how bustling a place Delos was at that time. When the tour ended, we had time to tour the museum and some other parts of the island, then took the ferry back to Mykonos. Don't miss the museum!
Don't forget to bring sun block, a hat (there are very few shady places), and water! If you run out of water, inside the museum they give away a bottle of water per person. It takes about 4 hours to tour the island (including the guided tour). Take hiking shoes since there is a nice hike uphill were you can get a fabulous view . Mount Kynthos, at 370 feet, is the island's highest point. Up there, are remains of the Temple of Zeus and Athena. To ancient Greeks, this peak seems to look like the spot from which Poseidon had pulled the island up from the deep. Two warnings: bathing and pets are not allowed on the island.
Written July 20, 2020
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jmichel01
Myrtle Beach, SC425 contributions
Nov 2019
One of the key reasons to see the Delos Excavation. However, only one of the Iions is an original. However, some of the real ones are in the museum on sight. It gives you a perspective on what it would have looked like coming to the island when there in their original position, then to see the ones in the museum brings it even more to life.
Written November 12, 2019
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Anne C
New Jersey787 contributions
Oct 2019
Don't miss this attraction on Delos. The original lions are actually in the museum. Those outside are replicas. Still cool.
Written October 30, 2019
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Wendy J
Newhaven, UK78 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
I'm sure these are of interest to some but to be honest the site looks like a reclamation yard with a row of lions, disappointed
Written October 22, 2019
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troy2904
New Delhi, India58 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
It was a fabulous archiological journey into the past. If only the Romans had not taken one of the Delos lion to Venice, the Avenue of the Lions would have been in its complete glory.
Written September 28, 2019
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