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Delphi - Temple of Apollo Temple of Apollo
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Delphi - Archaeological Museum of Delphi Archaeological Museum of Delphi
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Delphi - Ancient Theatre of Delphi Ancient Theatre of Delphi
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Delphi - Modern Delphi Modern Delphi
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Delphi - Sacred Way Sacred Way
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Delphi - Castalian Spring Castalian Spring
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Delphi - Sanctuary of Athena Sanctuary of Athena
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Delphi - Athenian Treasury Athenian Treasury
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Population: 1.767
Description: Delphi has been in ancient Greece the most sacred city and the most respected oracle of the ancient world. The first historical references resulting from Homeric times when recorded with the name Pytho. Early historic times among the major cities of ancient Phocis and in the centuries that followed became one of the most important centers nationwide. It was the center of the Delphic Amphictyony originally was a religious federation among the 12 tribes of Central and Thessaly and later led to political union. Under this scheme the city established its autonomy, increased influence and grew in scope. It was then (6th century BC) where Pythian Games were organised to be the second most important after the Olympic games and the Delphic Oracle started becoming famous to the known world. The oracles were thought to be highly reliable, expressed by the Pythia was the priestess of the Oracle and interpreted by the priests of Apollo. The oracle's reputation was such that made leaders and ordinary people to travel from the ends of the earth to hear the forecasts. Indeed, according to historians forecasts played a decisive role in the outcome of major events such as the Argonauts and the Trojan War. The nature of the forecasts was always cryptic and could be intrepreted in many ways to be adjusted always to the events. A few examples known are the soldier's question if he was to die on the coming war. The Oracle predicted that “you go you come not at war will die” so depending where the coma goes it changes completely the meaning of the sentence (if the coma goes after come it means he will survive but if it goes after not it mean that he will die at war. Historically, Delphi was considered a special place due to the special aura many experience when visiting due to magnetic fields in the region. It should be noted that since prehistoric times already referred to as the navel of the earth. The start of excavation started in 1860 by the Germans and continues today. In order to proceed with the excavations the village of Kastro had to be evacuated and removed in the late 19th century. Nowadays Delphi attracts visitors from all over the world and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A short distance from the archaeological site surrounding the European Cultural Center and within 10 km you will find Arachova which is considered one of the most important winter destinations in central Greece.

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