Of all the fantastic archaeological sites we visited in Greece, Delphi was the most rugged. This was the one place we didn’t make it all the way to the top, as I wasn’t feeling well that day. Greece is a tough tour in general (everything is situated on mountains!), especially for those of us with arthritis and over 50, but absolutely worth it! Nonetheless, we did get most of the way up, only missing the theatre at the very top. The tour guide assured us it was similar to Epidaurus, which we had explored the day before.
Delphi is another on the list of World Heritage Sites. Located on Mt. Parnassus near the Gulf of Corinth, the sanctuary was home to the famous oracle of Apollo which gave cryptic predictions and guidance to both city-states and individuals. Although it dates back to 1500 BC, it’s pinnacle as the centre of the ancient world was in the 6th to 4th century BC.
First glimpse of Delphi.
This sanctuary is about 800m from the main site, at the foot of Mt. Parnassus:
Look up; look waaay up!
One of the most well-preserved edifices, about halfway up:
The Temple of Apollo, home of the famous Oracle:
The famous Oracle Stone, aka Stone of Pythia (Priestess). Originally, it lay flat on the ground. According to legend, she sat on a tripod, inhaled mysterious vapours and went into a trance, whereupon she made her predictions. Speculation is, the tripod fit into the three holes on the left and the vapours came up through the hole on the right.
Scale model, housed in the Delphi Museum:
In hindsight, I wish we had had the will and stamina to finish the tour,
but what we did see was absolutely incredible!
What’s the most incredible place you have been?
Looking forward to your comments!