Grotto of Heracles


This rock shelter was used as a temple to the legendary hero Heracles. Prior to that, it's thought to be the earliest location where Apollo was worshipped on Delos.

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1. Temple of Hera

0.06 MILES

This 5th-century BC temple has a well-preserved marble altar and two columns still standing.

3. House of the Dolphins

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One of Delos' grandest houses, the highlight here is a well-preserved mosaic with youths riding dolphins in each corner.

4. House of the Masks

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This grand villa takes its name from floor mosaics featuring actors' masks, although the centrepiece is a spectacular mosaic of Dionysos riding a leopard,…

5. Mt Kynthos

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Mt Kynthos (113m), southeast of the harbour, is a steep but rewarding climb. There are monuments such as the Temple of Hera and the Sanctuaries of Zeus…

6. Sanctuary of the Syrian Gods

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Built in around 150 BC, this sanctuary was dedicated to the Syrian gods Atargatis and Hadad, who were popular in the Greek world.

7. Samothrakeion

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The Kabeiroi, a mysterious group of Samothracian deities, were worshipped here.

8. Theatre

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Built between 296 and 240 BC, this partially restored marble theatre could once seat 6500 spectators in its 40 rows. The large cistern in front of it…