Learn about the ancient sacred place of Delphi
Delphi is today one of the most popular archeological sites in Greece. Built in the 6th Century BC it was the religious center and symbol of unity in the ancient Greek World. It was also known as the site of omphalos, the “navel of the world” where the oracle of Apollo spoke. Lots of people came to ask the oracle questions about their future actions and wished to be guided on them. It is located on top of a hill overlooking a valley of olive groves, blending harmoniously with the superb landscape. A sanctuary to god Apollo, today it is listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and characterized as magical and a unique artistic achievement.
One of the most important monuments is the temple was dedicated to Apollo, the god of light and music. Inside the temple, there was the oracle of Apollo, where high priestess Pythia would give her prophecies.
The ancient theatre is located next to the Temple of Apollo in Delphi. It dates from the 4th century BC and was constructed with limestone from Mount Parnassos. In summer, it hosts ancient plays and cultural events.
The Treasury of the Athenians was constructed in the 6th century B.C. to host the offerings of the Athenians to god Apollo and the oracle of Delphi. Located on the highest spot of the hill, the Ancient Stadium of Delphi can be seen which was used to host the Pythian Games and other events of the oracle.
Another important monument is the Sanctuary of Athena Pronea and the famous Tholos, one of the most photographed spots in Delphi. The function of the Tholos is not clear. It could possibly be a cult dedicated to a god or local hero, or it could also be a treasury where statues were kept.
The Delphic sanctuary lies at the base of two steep rocky cliffs of Parnassus, the Phaedriades. Between them rises the Castalian Spring and its sacred waters. No one was allowed to seek the aid of the god before being washed and purified in its waters. The water still runs today from the mountain.
Located next to the ancient site, the Archaeological Museum of Delphi hosts findings from the site and the region, including marble statues, coins, golden jewelry, and others. The most famous exhibits are the Charioteer, a bronze statue that was erected to honor the victory of a Chariot team in the Pythia games that were held every four years and the Sphinx.
ifly’s Travel Tip:
Depending on which of our helicopters is chartered, Delphi is a 35 to 50 minutes flight either from Athens or from Amanzoe. With one of our VIP limousines.
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