The panhellenic temple and most important oracle of Ancient Greece were situated at the Navel of earth, as Delphi was called, and constituted for centuries the religious and cultural centre of ancient Greeks. Even since antiquity, its fame surpassed the limits of Greece, something proven by the findings of the excavations that brought to light dedications from Syria and Armenia. The oracle of Delphi was dedicated to the god Apollo and Pythia, each Archpriestess, had the role of intermediate to transfer the interested people to prophecies.
Delphi, characterized as a monument of world heritage by UNESCO, draws a huge crowd of Greek and foreign visitors during the whole year. The modern town was built next to the archaeological site, at an altitude of 570m., with a view to the olive groves of Amphissa and the bay of Itea. Because of the archaeological site, the adjacent Arachova, but also fo the ski resort of Parnassos, it has known great touristic growth.
What to see
The sites of Delphi are numerous.
The most important archaeological ones are:
The Temple of Apollo
The Archaeological Museum with exquisite pieces of world fame.
The Ancient Theater
The Ancient Stadium
The Stoa of the Athenians
The Athenian Treasury
The Iera Odos
The Kastalia Spring
The Tholos of Athina Pronaia
The Museum of Delphic Festivals. The Museum of Delphic Festivals is housed in the house of the big Greek writer and poet Aggelos Sikelianos. Sikelianos had envisaged the “Delphic Idea”, a world cultural society with Delphi as its seat.In 1927, with the contribution of his wife and many personalities of the time, the first Delphic festivals took place, which had a worldwide impact.
Although a place of mainly archaeological interest, Delphi is the starting or ending point for dozens of races each year. From the Tour Of Daphne run by Cycling Hellas to the Dolphin Road Race, Delphi has always been a reference point in the racing program.
But what sparks the interest is a wonderful walk over the archaeological site of Delphi with Paragliding Fun. There you will enjoy the steep slopes and beautiful rocks, while in front of you lies the huge olive grove and below the Irea Crete Bay. You will see from above the city of Delphi, the archaeological site, but also the famous “Delphi landscape” which due to its beauty is forbidden by any alteration by human structures and interventions.
Delphi has always been a landmark of ancient and modern Greece. Visiting this special place will fill you with emotions and offer you unique moments.