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Strategically located in the central Aegean, Mykonos is the melting pot of the overall beauty of the Cyclades Islands. Traditional and picturesque, keeping intact the unique Cycladic architecture, modern and welcoming, winning the admiration of even the most demanding visitor, Mykonos, once loved, can never be forgotten.

With the same love for his island, Mr. John Gryparis and his family, built with care and taste the first furnished apartments on the island, back in 1987, in the region of Vrissi, located at the foot of Mykonos Town (Hora).

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The myth of Delos

In early mythology, Delos is shown as a silent peripatetic seamanly rock formed when Asteria, the sister of Leto, transformed into a rock while chasing Jupiter.

By the time of the Odyssey the island was already famous as the birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis.

Indeed between 900 BC and AD 100, sacred Delos was a major cult centre, where Dionysus is also in evidence as well as the Titaness Leto, mother of the above mentioned twin deities. Eventually acquiring Panhellenic religious significance, Delos was initially a religious pilgrimage for the Ionians.

A number of “purification’s” were executed by the city-state of Athens in an attempt to render the island fit for the proper worship of the gods. The first took place in the 6th century BC, directed by the tyrant Pisistratus who ordered that all graves within sight of the temple be dug up and the bodies moved to another nearby island.

In the 5th century, during the 6th year of the Peloponnesian war and under instruction from the Delphic Oracle, the entire island was purged of all dead bodies. It was then ordered that no one should be allowed to either die or give birth on the island due to its sacred importance and to preserve its neutrality in commerce, since no one could then claim ownership through inheritance. Immediately after this purification, the first quinquennial festival of the Delian games were celebrated there.

After the Persian Wars the island became the natural meeting-ground for the Delian League, founded in 478 BC, the congresses being held in the temple (a separate quarter was reserved for foreigners and the sanctuaries of foreign deities.) The League’s common treasury was kept here as well until 454 BC when Pericles removed it to Athens.
Since 1872 the École française d’Athènes (“French School of Athens”) has been excavating the island, the complex of buildings of which compares with those of Delphi and Olympia.
In 1990, UNESCO inscribed Delos on the World Heritage List, citing it as the “exceptionally extensive and rich” archaeological site which “conveys the image of a great cosmopolitan Mediterranean port”.