According to legend Leto gave birth to Apollo on the island of Delos bringing to this world the music of light. This invisible harmony burst over the Aegean turning to stone and bringing the Cyclades to life. Deriving their name from the word “kyklos” meaning circle they surround the uninhabited sacred island of Delos forming an island group that is known for its ability to enchant, entertain, and soothe the spirit of both man and god alike.
Uninhabited now, Delos is listed as an UNESCO world heritage site and receives multitudes of visitors who flock to admire a very well organised archaeological museum, rich in very important exhibits (including collections of sculptures and ceramics, mosaics, frescoes and clay pottery).
The islands were the cradle of the Cycladic civilization (3000 – 1000 BC), which developed during the Bronze Age and since then have been inspirational to artists with their marble figurines, which are the legacy of the islands. Considered crude and ugly when first discovered, this art has brought to bear a strong influence on the 20th century artists and sculptors such as Picasso, Modigliani, Henry Moore and Constantin Brancusi.
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