Tuesday, 05 August 2014 00:00

Delios Apollo Sanctuary, Kalymnos island....

Delios Apollo Sanctuary, Kalymnos island....

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Less than 1km from Chorió, along the main road to Panórmos, almost on the watershed of the sloping valley, is the site of the island’s most important centre of cult in Antiquity, the sanctuary of Apollo Dalios (a Doric variant of Δήλιος, ‘Delian’).
In the Early Christian period two basilicas were built over the sanctuary, one of which, known as the church of Christ of Jerusalem, incorporates a mass of important ancient inscriptions and architectural elements in its construction.
Two colossal cult statues of Asklepios and Hygieia, have been found in recent years, as well as a fine, dressed kouros of the 6th century bc. The ancient temple of Apollo was surrounded by a dense grove of sacred bay-trees; the visitor needs to imagine, in lieu of today’s sounds of traffic from the road, the vibrant chatter of birds in these trees, especially at sun rise and sunset—moments particularly sacred to Apollo, as divinity of the sun’s light. There was a small theatre, where competitions of song and music were held, and the sanctuary would have been thronged with votive sculptures, especially in the form of kouroi—sculptures of young men (mostly nude), as if in the likeness of Apollo himself.

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