Delphi Greece

Delphi Greece lies 115 miles northwest of Athens in Central Greece. Perched on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus with views of the Gulf of Corinth, Ancient Delphi, which the Greeks once believed was the center of the earth, is now a major tourist destination for visitors to Greece. Modern Delphi is an ideal base for exploring a number of Delphi attractions, including Ancient Delphi.

Of the Delphi attractions, Ancient Delphi is one of the greatest. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, Ancient Delphi reached its peak in the 4th Century BC, during which large numbers of pilgrims traveled to Delphi Greece to receive advice from the Delphi Oracle. According to the history of Greece, the Ancient Greeks deemed Delphi “the navel of the earth” and built the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi to worship Apollo, god of the sun. The main site within the Sanctuary of Apollo is the Temple of Apollo, a large Doric temple, which housed the Oracle of Delphi. The temple was inscribed with quotes from Greek Philosophers and contained a massive golden statue of Apollo. The Sanctuary of Athena, another Ancient Delphi attraction, is not far from the Temple of Apollo. Within the Sanctuary of Athena is the Tholos, a circular structure that is one of the most photographed monuments in all of Greece. Other attractions within Ancient Delphi include the 4th Century BC theatre, which was home to the Pythian Festival; the Castalian Spring, which pilgrims visited prior to consulting the Delphi Oracle; the stadium; and the gymnasium.

The Oracle of Delphi was the main reason pilgrims visited Delphi Greece. The oracle, which is believed to have originated in the late Mycenaean period (1600-1000 BC), was the most powerful oracle and the most important source of wisdom in Greece during the Classical period (5th and 4th centuries BC). The Delphi Oracle was extremely influential, consulting on a range of issues from religion and fortune telling to politics and war. The priestess of the Oracle of Delphi was known as the Pythia, and it was through her that Apollo spoke. The priestess sat on a tripod over a chasm in the ground and spoke in riddles which were often unintelligible and were translated by priests. The exact location of the chasm has not been found, but it is believed to be somewhere within the Temple of Apollo.

In addition to Ancient Delphi, visitors to Delphi Greece can visit two museums: the Delphi Museum, which houses many of the treasures and artifacts from Ancient Delphi; and the Sikelianos Museum, which features classical costumes and masks from Greek Dramas.

The municipal tourist office in Delphi has Delphi travel information. There are a number of things to do in Delphi, including visiting Mt. Parnassos and the Parnassos National Park, which is a popular skiing and mountain climbing destination. Eleven miles south of Delphi is the resort and market town of Itea. Also nearby to Delphi Greece is Amfissa, a small town known for its green olives. Delphi is conveniently located near the Peloponnese area of Greece and the cities of Patras, Corinth, and Mycenae. The modern city of Delphi is easily reached by bus from Athens, making it possible for visitors to combine a trip to Delphi with sightseeing in Athens or one of the many Greece cruises that sail to the islands of Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes. Visitors to Delphi can also travel by train, although the nearest train station is 29 miles from Delphi, or by a private taxi excursion.

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