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Delphi

The center of the ancient world is located on a steep valley, carefully enclosed by imposing mountains. You see, this was the sanctuary of Apollo, revered by all Greeks; this is where the oracle Pythia gave her obscure prophesies for thousands of years. This was also one of the main places where competitive games took place with representatives from all over Greece competed for a laurel crown cut from the sacred tree of Apollo.

As you walk around the archaeological site, close your eyes and try to imagine the splendor of Ancient Delphi. Try harder and you will even feel the heat from the eternal fire that burnt on Apollo’s hearth or catch a glimpse of Pythia’s long, white robes. Take time to admire the scenery; it is not random that Delphi were located here. There is a quality in the air which, combined with the awe-inspiring scenery, that makes you feel a certain reverence and humility.

The most important artifacts found on the site are stored and preserved in one of the best museums in Greece: the Archaeological Museum of Delphi. Countless offerings and dedications that were made to secure Apollo’s favour are now, millennia later, exhibited here, and one can admire their creators’ artistry and attention to detail. Famous statues, like Iniohos (or the Charioteer of Delphi), the Sphinx of Naxos and Cleobis and Biton can be found here.