Very special. At first it was spiritual, and then religious. And then inevitably, we have a transition from the religious character of this Greek island to become for the rich and famous. You know when we describe Mykonos now? We say it’s the island for the rich and famous, the jetsetters, the cosmopolitan… Mykonos of the present was Delos of the past. The years that the Romans came, they turned it into a tax free port. They invited the rich and famous of the time to stay in Delos. 30,000 people lived on this island.
And then Mithridates, that is the king of the Black Sea of Pontus, came and destroyed everything. To punish the Romans, he found Delos exposed and destroyed it step by step. It then decayed and declined, but the antiquities were always there.
Now it’s an island with no inhabitants, which makes it more mysterious and interesting to visit. There is nothing and no one lives there.
You wonder, on this small, barren island, how how did 30,000 people live here? It’s difficult to grasp.