Avenue of the Lions

Avenue of the Lions, Delos

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, AZ598 contributions
Amazing 2600-year-old sphinx like lions
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, SC385 contributions
Almost the highlight of the Delos tour
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 Jersey722 contributions
Cool to see!
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, UK75 contributions
You have seen the picture
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
Delos Islands trip.
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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Virginia B
275 contributions
The Lions of Delos
Sep 2019 • Couples
The Lions are spectacular; the ones outside are reproductions but the originals are located in the museum on site so you can get a close up look. Look for the statue where only the feet are remaining and you can see how intricately they have been carved.
Written September 19, 2019
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Libby in Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH1,022 contributions
Interesting,but part of the overall tour of Delos
Aug 2019
The lions were interesting, but if you are on Delos, this should be part of your tour. It is impressive .
Written September 12, 2019
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Jeff L
Elgin, IL137 contributions
The Highlight of Delos
Jun 2019 • Friends
Honestly, from my research, this was the main thing I wanted to see on the sacred island of Delos. The original Naxian Lions are in the island's museum and the current ones (cast from the originals) were placed here in 1999.
Written July 1, 2019
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JLM3080
Bognor Regis, UK1,072 contributions
the whole Delos site is magnificant,
May 2019 • Couples
the whole Delos site is magnificent, the site is really interesting, the avenue of lions is a high light as they are very good reproductions (originals in museum) so you get to feel what the place felt like all those millennia ago.
Written July 1, 2019
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dobingbrowne
Parrearra, Australia116 contributions
Included in your access to site
Jun 2019 • Couples
amazing when you think of these lions were created
They are part of the delos site you will not miss them
Written June 23, 2019
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