Delphi in Greece is considered the most important oracle in the antique Greek world.
The holy sites are nestled on the steep slopes of the Mount Parnassus about 700 m above the Pleistos River. We enjoy the panoramic view of the orchards in the valley up to the coast of the Gulf of Corinth.
The outlying Castalian spring is known to give poetic skills to the one who drinks out of it. The mounting and the basins of the Castalian spring served both the cleaning as well as water pipes are still visible and in use.
The Tholos in the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia is the best known photo scene, but the real sanctuary of Delphi is the Temple of Apollo. The way leads steeply uphill past at the treasuries. The rebuilt and restored Treasury of Athens particularly stands out.
The Temple of Apollo with its impressive pedestal dominates the oracle. Here the Pythia inhaled ethylene-containing vapors and fell into a trance and her divination was interpreted by the high priests. The policy of Delphi influenced the battles and decided on the fate of cities and whole countries.
The fine arts competitions took place in theater above the Temple of Apollo, with seats for 5.000 persons. The sports games were held in the stadium high above the temple area.
The archaeological site of Delphi is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
See also: The modern Delfi
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