The oracle of Delphi is probably one of the most unique places in Greece. It is situated in the current village of Delphi, at the foot of Mount Parnassus and about 10 kilometers from the Gulf of Corinth. Its importance is that it was a place of pilgrimage and consultation with the gods, especially Apollo. Do you want to know more?
The oracle was inside the sanctuary of Delphi and those who wanted to know their future came to him. It was of great importance since the 8th century B.C., when Apollo Pito was configured as the patron of colonial companies. Later, it even became the religious center of Greece.
Brief history of the templeTemple of Delphi - Samot
Greek mythology says that in Delphi the "onions" fell, a stone that marked the center of the world. For this reason, the god Apollo founded there one of his most significant sanctuaries, after having defeated the serpent Pito, who lived there, in order to seize his wisdom.
Further, Apollo established his oracle there to allow the Greeks to go and ask the gods questions of all kinds. For that communication he used a priestess whom he named Pythia, in honor of the snake he had defeated. Thus, the entire Hellenic religious world came to revolve around Delphi.
How was the oracle consulted?Temple of Athena - alexcoitus / Flickr.com
The Greeks went to the oracle to consult their future, but how exactly did they do it? In the oracle there was an old priestess, the Pythia, and a man known as the Prophet. The applicant asked the woman the question and then she, in the crypt of the temple, initiated communications with the god.
The ritual continued while the woman chewed bay leaves, sprinkled flour around and drank large swigs of water from the sacred fountain that was there.The words of the Pythia used to be strange or difficult to understand. There came into play the Prophet, who helped interpret and order the ideas of the priestess.
Visit DelphiDelphi - S-F
The sanctuary of Delphi is undoubtedly a very special and different stop within the Hellenic country. Further, in the area there is not only this temple, but there are many other fascinating things to see and do.
Simply walking through the town of Delphi is highly recommended., as well as entering its stores or enjoying the views of the valley from one of the many bars that are there.
But without any doubt, there are two mandatory stops within your tour of the area.
The archeological zoneTheater - Anastasios71
The place where the old Delphi is located is, without a doubt, the icing on the cake of your visit. The temple of Apollo is especially recommended, disappeared until the end of the 19th century.
You also have to look at the imposing theater, with capacity for more than 5000 people and impressive acoustics, and the stadium, located very close to the theater and which hosted the Píticos Games.
Delphi Archaeological MuseumArchaeological Museum - Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock.com
This museum is one of the best nationwide. Count among your pieces the Delphi charioteer, an incredible bronze sculpture, commemorating the victory in the Political Games in 478 B.C.
You will also see here the Naxos Sphinx, the twins of Argos, the frieze of the Treasury of the Sifnios or a copy of the "onions", the stone that, as we said before, marked the center of the world.
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To access both tourist attractions it is worth the same ticket, which costs € 9. This ticket is free for children under 19 and for students from universities belonging to the European Union. There are also discounts for seniors and for students from outside the Union.
How to get to Delphi
Delphi is located about 180 kilometers from Athens, and the conditions allow to arrive there both by car and by bus from the center of the Greek capital.
There are also numerous organized excursions that reach the area and even combine it with other tourist attractions in the country, such as Meteora and its impressive orthodox monasteries.