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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Scott M
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,516 contributions
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Jun 2023 • Couples
The Sacred Way lions are the most iconic, ‘don’t-miss’ sight on Delos. This is the one that everyone makes a beeline for.
The lions stand in a row, along a 50 metre long avenue known as The Sacred Way. They have been faithfully guarding it for more than 2,500 years. It is certainly a distinctive sight.
The path was a ceremonial entry to the temples of Apollo. Worshippers, pilgrims and annual religious processions all took this route.
Originally there were two or three times as many lions here. What did the worshippers make of the snarling, roaring lions as they made their way past them, heading towards the temples? Awe? Fear? Reverence? Probably a heady mix of all three.
Most people take their photos in front of the lions but we found another good view point from the less crowded area up behind the lions. When you reach the last lion, head slightly uphill to the left and you’ll see a cleared viewing point.
It’s worth noting that the lions we see here are only copies. The originals are in the Delos Museum (except for one which was taken to Venice in 1716 and stands outside the Arsenal). Unfortunately the museum is closed atm for renovations and is due to open some time in 2024.
Written August 30, 2023
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,866 contributions
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Oct 2022 • Couples
The Avenue of Lions is the iconic location that I think about on the archeological site of Delos. There are a lot of things to see at the site but the lions are the most memorable. Be sure to have water with you as you tour the site. A walk up the hill looks imposing but it is not that difficult. We had a good guide but a bad sound system, so I understood only a portion of what she was saying. If you are a history buff, you must make a trip to Delos.
Written July 8, 2023
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DrSYu
London, UK295 contributions
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Aug 2012 • Couples
I was a bit skeptical when I first knew about the place. But, I did not regret a single bit of the time spent on the island.

Euro17 just for the return boat journey. They leave Mykonos at 9, 10 or 11am. Returning from Delos from 12,1 or 2pm.

I spent 4 hours there and I still had not finished exploring the ruin.

Hire a tour guide for the background history at the island. Euro 10 for the fee. It's worth it. Entrance fee for the park is Euro 5

You should also go to the peak and you can see most of the Greek Islands.

The boat ride is a bit rough because of the heavy waves. Please be prepared for those who will have sea sickness.

Enjoy!
Written August 30, 2012
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playalover78
Toronto, Ontario154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Friends
Hola all!

Travelled to Delos on our own. Delos is unique ruins as it is an island that has not had any further building on it other than the ruis themselves.

Take the ferry over (17 euro/person and it takes half an hour). The ferries leave at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 and return at 12:00, 1:30 and 3:00. It is 5 Euro to get in once you arrive. I'm not sure why they don't just charge you for both when you buy the ferry ticket, as it only goes to Delos and there is nothing else to do there but go in.

We walked to the museum and then headed right. All of the tour groups seemed to have headed left and so we had the path basically to ourselves. This is a massive site and you could devote the entire day exploring (we wanted to go to the beach and so we only gave it half a day). Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Do not book a tour, you can easily do this one on your own. There are tons of signs around telling what most things are. We also had a Lonely Planet guide book that gave about 3 pages of information as well.

Enjoy!
Written August 4, 2011
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giraffedrd
New York City, NY43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Solo
I had a day in Mykonos on and NCL cruise and frankly, the only reason I booked the Greek Islands was to see Delos and Olympia. I didn't get off the ship in Santorini...simply didn't interest me. If you are into historical sites and history then you'll love Delos. Much of the island had been ransacked over the years that it was unprotected so it's not as impressive as say Ephesus (but really how many places are?). The ferry ride from Mykonos was very enjoyable and I wish I knew our guide's name but he was wonderful and I tipped him for his amazing wealth of knowledge. He has never been out of Greece and never plans to leave...he was a very interesting fellow. Keep in mind that the lions outside are replicas and the true lions are inside the museum. It's still quite impressive to see. If you have the opportunity to walk all the way to the top of the island it's worth it! This is not an excursion for people disinterested in ruins or whiners. If you go in the summer....IT'S HOT. Also having researched the island before I went I knew there was no shade at all and the bathroom is at the end of the tour which is quite long. I went to the bathroom on the ferry and was fine till the end. Bring a hat, folding umbrella that fits in your back pocket, a hanky, water and sunscreen. And don't forget your camera...I had a great time and I hope you do too!
Written March 10, 2013
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Chronis_Papachristou
Athens, Greece129 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Couples
Terrace of the Lions: my favourite monument in Delos.
The marble lions (dedicated to Apollo by the Naxians - 7th c. BC) stand in a row facing the Sacred Lake.
Written January 14, 2018
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Jake23
New Jersey6,523 contributions
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Jul 2016 • Couples
It's awesome seeing these statutes they are the highlight of visiting Delos. If you are on e island you must see these. They also have a few in the museum as well.
Written July 5, 2016
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NJ-Eric
NJ450 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Solo
No doubt that Delos was of extreme importance. The problem is that it has been picked over so frequently and thoroughly over the thousands of years in antiquity by neighboring islands, by every powerful passer-by, by all the different countries that had ownership for a period, that it has nothing much left beyond fields of rubble and foundations. With all the respect in the world, there are hundreds of ruins in this world that are more complete, with articles and structures that present better. This wasn't anything much to look at, despite its admitted historic importance.
Written July 19, 2012
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redeco
Warren, MA9,468 contributions
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Sep 2011 • Friends
The settlement at Delos is the size of a small town and could take up to a day to explore. We started with the domestic residences that lead up to the Theater and worked our way back to the Agora and sacred precinct. We followed the main road past the slave market and moved beyond the Temple of Apollo and the Sanctuary of Dionysus and finally came to a level terrace where the famous lions stand sentinel over the Sacred Lake. The Sacred Lake was drained in 1925, probably to prevent disease carrying insects. A single palm tree sits in the center.

Only five of the original nine remain (some experts claim that there may have been more) and these are replicas; the originals are protected in the Museum at Delos. They are carved of Naxian Marble and date to the end of the seventh century BC. The lions are lean and strong with clearly delineated rib cages; they sit on their haunches facing east to the Sacred Lake where Phoebus Apollo was born. The setting for these lions is magnificent - an impossibly blue sky with puffy white clouds. This single sight made my journey to Delos well worth the time and effort.
Written November 4, 2011
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