Favorite thing: The modern village of Delphi lies a short distance from the archaeological site. You can have a very enjoyable time walking around the village and visiting some of the many beautiful and unique shops in the area.
There are hotels of all categories in Delphi, where you can find accommodation, and there is also a fine selection of restaurants and tavernas, bars and cafes, and nightclubs. There are also banks and a tourist office, so everything that you may need can be found here.
Fondest memory: This village is one of my favourite villages in Greece. Narrow streets with particular atmosphere and tavernas with GREAT views!
The Theatre of the sanctuary
Favorite thing: It was originally built in the 4th century BC but the ruins we see today date from the Roman Imperial period. The theatre was used mostly for the theatrical performances during the great festivals of the sanctuary. The central theme was the representation of Apollo's victory over the serpent Python.
Favorite thing: The Stadium of the sanctuary was constructed in the 5th century BC and was remodelled in the 2nd century AD at the expense of Herodes Atticus. Then were added the stone seats and the arched monumental entrance. It was in this Stadium that the Pythian Games took place every four years.
The Stadium is considered as the best preserved in all of Greece.
This famous Tholos
Favorite thing: The Tholos is probably the most widely recognized building on the site because of the color of the marble and the fact that it is a round temple. Circular building in Doric order was built about 380 BC. Its function remains unknown but It must have been an important building, judging from the multi-coloured stone, the fine workmanship and the high-standard relief decoration. The monument was partly reconstructed in 1938.
Favorite thing: Arahova (or Rahova as it was known during the Turkish occupation) is a beautiful village that is built on five hills. These hills are Coumoula, Sfalaki, Countrouli, Ai-Giorgi and finally Afano, which is the highest area of Mount Parnassos that is inhabited.
It's located just 12 kilometers from Delphi and is famous for its handwoven textiles with folk motifs, local cheese formaella, honey, good wine and... a lively night life.
Favorite thing: Arahova has developed into one of the most important winter vacation resorts in Greece, on account of its proximity to the Parnassos Ski Centre. (tel: 02340 226935)
There are also other sports and activities besides skiing such as trekking, cycling, hiking and parasailing from one of the hills, camping in the forest, and generally other close experiences with the beautiful nature of Parnassos.
The Temple of Apollo
Favorite thing: The ruins belong to the last temple dated to the 4th century BC, which was peripteral, in Doric order. It was erected exactly on the remains of an earlier temple, dated to the 6th century BC. Inside was the "adyton", the centre of the Delphic oracle and seat of Pythia. The monument was partly restored during 1938-1941.
Favorite thing: 35 rows of stone benches with capacity of some 5000 spectators. It was here that dramatic and lyric (singing to the accompaniment of the lyre) competitions took place.
It seems that I was trying to remember my talent of actress playing on this ancient scene :-)
Favorite thing: There are numerous beaches and coves along the coast below Delphi and heading west towards Nafpaktos.
But Nafpaktos is one of the most interesting towns in the area and has perhaps the most impressive castle in Greece after Nafplio. The town has a beautiful fortified harbor and main square. There are two long attractive beaches on either side of the harbor and lots of restaurants, cafes and hotels.
I have created a page about Nafpaktos!
The History of Delphi
Favorite thing: The first traces of inhabitation in the region of Delphi go back to Mycenaean times (14th - 11th c. BC). At this period, the main deity worshipped at the small settlement was Ge ("Earth"). In the following period (11th - 9th c. BC) the cult of Apollo became established at Delphi, when the god installed himself there, having first killed the Python, the snake that guarded the oracle of Ge. During the 8th and 7th c. BC, the sanctuary of Delphi too shaped. The first stone temples were built towards the end of the 7th c. BC, one dedicated to Apollo and the other to Athena.
DELPHI - ANCIENT SANCTUARY OF THE GOD APOLLO
Favorite thing: The ancient sanctuary of the God Apollo, DELPHI is perhaps the most famous site in classical Greece. Here you will see the Doric Temple of Apollo, the Castalian Springs, The Athenian Treasury and the Museum with its many archaeological treasures such as the Bronze Charioteer of Delphi.
Archaelogical research has shown that the area of Delphi was inhabited at least from the Mycenaean period - 14th to 11th century B.C. Towards the end of the 7th century B.C. the first stone temples were built - one dedicated to Apollo and the other to the goddess Athena.
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Modern Delphi History Background
Favorite thing: In medieval times Delphi was also called Kastri and was built on the archaeological site. The residents had used the marble columns and structures as support beams and roofs for their improvised houses.
Archaeological research in Delphi began in 1860 by Germans. In 1891 the Greek government granted the French School at Athens permission for long-term excavations on the site. This village had to be relocated before a systematic excavation of the site could be undertaken. The opportunity to relocate the village was presented when it was substantially damaged by an earthquake, with villagers offered a completely new village in exchange for the old site.
In 1893 the French Archaeological School removed vast quantities of soil from numerous landslides to reveal both the major buildings and structures of the sanctuary of Apollo and of Athena Proaea along with thousands of objects, inscriptions and sculptures. The village was moved to a new location, west of the site of the temples.
Delphi was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
Fondest memory: You may learn more wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphi.
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Favorite thing: Modern Delphi is situated immediately west of the archaeological site and hence is a popular tourist destination. It is on a major highway linking Amfissa along with Itea and Arachova.
There are many hotels and guest houses in the town, and many taverns and bars. The main streets are narrow, and often one-way.
The village view of the olive groves looking towards the Gulf of Corinth.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Delphi on Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38º 28' 44.13" N 22º 28' 51.10" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Modern Delphi Town.
How Delphi got its name .... and other myths
Favorite thing: Apollo, the son of Dzeus and goddess Leto decided to take revenge on Python, an enormous dragon that harassed his mother. Python lived in the caves of Parnas and guarded the temple of Gaia - mother of gods. After Apollo killed Python, the place was called Delphoi, because the god came from Crete in the shape of dolphin.
Obviously, the deed was punished - Apollo had to leave Olymp. His exile lasted for a year. He went to the valley of Tempi. Here he fell in love with Daphne - a beautiful nymph. She rejected his affection and full of fear ran away. The god was just about to catch her when she changed into the bush of laurel. Apollo was quite disappointed; he made himself a laurel wreath and wearing it on his head he came back to Parnassos, where he looked for consolation among Muses - his lovely companions.
Laurel, called Daphne by Greeks, became his favourite plant.
Fondest memory: I decided to read Greek mythology before going to Greece. At school I hadn't found it very interesting, but now it was different. The myths help you understand ancient times and people who lived then. At every step you come across names and ideas that are so deep-rooted in mythology, that without knowing them your perception of this fascinating country can't be full.
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SITE OF GREECE'S MOST FAMOUS ORACLE
Favorite thing: Located 278 km (110 miles) north-west of Athens.
Mount Parnassus is where Greece's most famous ancient Oracle and most beautiful site DELPHI is located.
The ancient Greeks believed that Delphi was the center of the world. Apollo chose this spot as the home of its most famous Oracle. Pilgrims came to Delphi from all over the Greek world to ask Apollo's advice on affairs of state as well as personal matters.
According to legend, when Zeus wanted to determine the earth's center, he released two eagles from Olympus. When the eagles met over Delphi, he had his answer.
Delphi was also the site of the Pythian Games, the most famous festival in Greece after the Olympics.
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