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Delphi, the navel of the ancient world

Greece is a place with great history and many archaeological sites that will travel you to time. One of the most well-known sites worldwide is the sanctuary of Delphi. According to mythology, when Zeus released two eagles, one to the east and another to the west to find the navel of the world, Delphi was the point at which they met.

Set within a most spectacular landscape formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades at the foot of Mount Parnassos, the sanctuary of Delphi was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre for the Hellenic world. A major site for the worship of the god Apollo, the famous Delphic oracle was regarded as the most trustworthy and important oracle in the classical Greek world between the sixth and fourth centuries BC.

The oracle of Apollo at Delphi gave cryptic predictions and guidance to both city-states and individuals. The oracle – the Pythia or priestess – would answer questions put to her by visitors wishing to be guided in their future actions. Delphi, as with the other major religious sites, held games to honor Apollo. The Pythian Games of Delphi were held every four years and hosted poetry and music competitions besides the staple of athletic events, while only the Olympic Games were more important. The principal prize for victors in the Games was a crown of laurel or bay leaves.

Delphi, the navel of the ancient world

Delphi, the navel of the ancient world

While visiting the site of Delphi, there are many places to see.  You will have the chance to be fascinated by the Temple of Apollo at the ancient site and the Delphi Theater and Stadium where the games were held. Some of the sights that are definitely worth visiting are the Delphi Museum which has on display many valuable artifacts, like the Charioteer of Delphi and the Large Sphinx of Naxos, and of course the cosmopolitan and vivid village of Arachova which is located only 12 km from Delphi.

The sacred site of Delphi was considered to be the navel of the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore its secrets and lose yourselves on its mystical atmosphere. You won’t be disappointed!