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“Gorgeous in so many ways!”
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House of Dionysus
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Ancient Delos Tour
Ranked #5 of 9 things to do in Delos
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Owner description: These crumbling ruins of an ancient Greek dwelling still contain some fairly well-preserved mosaics.
New York City, New York
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“Gorgeous in so many ways!”
Reviewed 13 January 2012

OK, so first, in the interest of full disclosure: I already made a review of this site under the title "House of Masks". Are they the same? Who knows.

Anyway, this beautiful house with its gorgeous mosaic floor is certainly a highlight of Delos. I loved the staircase, for example (let's see if I can find the photo of our guide standing at the food of the staircase...). And like everyone else, I did my best to photograph the mosaic, including the ornate drawing in the middle of it, with the lion grimacing at us (the original of which is in the museum).

Another mind-blowingly amazing stop along a tour of a mind-blowing ruins!

Visited August 2011
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“Exceptional Domestic Architecture”
Reviewed 3 November 2011

One of the exciting things about the ruins at Delos are the plentiful remains of domestic architecture. Floor plans are clearly visible and walls are nearly complete in many cases. This is so in the House of Dionysus, named for the splendid mosaic from the atrium depicting Dionysus seated on a Tiger. This mosaic is now in the museum on the site.

Visitors enter through a doorway on the street leading to the theater. Immediately upon entering, you can see to the right the remains of a stone staircase to the second floor. Our guide told us that much of the staircase was of wood, but enough of the stone support for the stairs remains to give a clear understanding of how the stairway curved upwards.

The atrium was two stories high with splendid marble columns in the Doric style. A large room with nearly complete walls is located south of the peristyle courtyard. The walls of this room were originally coated with mortar and then plaster that was painted. There are numerous carvings in this house representing ships and birds. The significance is unknown, though some surmise an association with sailors and the sea.

It's easy to imagine this space with wall paintings, ceilings, and a second floor that mirrors the floor plan of the first. The columns that supported the roof are still in place making this a very exciting house to visit.

Visited September 2011
5 Thank redeco
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