Delos



CountryGreece
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationPrefecture of Cyclades, Region of the South Aegean
CoordinatesN37 23 60 E25 16 0.012
Inscription Date1990
Property (ha)351
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
All ThreatsErosion and siltation/ deposition
All ThreatsHuman resources
Unesco Reference Number530
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/530
State of Conservation Reporthttp://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=530
DescriptionAccording to Greek mythology, Apollo was born on this tiny island in the Cyclades archipelago. Apollo's sanctuary attracted pilgrims from all over Greece and Delos was a prosperous trading port. The island bears traces of the succeeding civilizations in the Aegean world, from the 3rd millennium B.C. to the palaeochristian era. The archaeological site is exceptionally extensive and rich and conveys the image of a great cosmopolitan Mediterranean port.
StatusWorld Heritage Site