Ancient Delphi

Area/Site in Central Greece

The preeminent Oracle of antiquity where a high priestess, Pythia, would mumble words to be interpreted by Appolo's priests. Enjoy the scenic drive.

A part of the temple of Apollo in Ancient Delphi with the mountains of the area in the background.
photo: askii / CC BY-SA 2.0

Attractions & Things to Do in Ancient Delphi

Delphi Archaeological Museum

It ranks among the most important Greek museums since it hosts numerous excavation findings of the greatest oracle of the ancient world.

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Treasury of Athenians

With a temple form, included battle treasures and offerings to Apollo, While it was dedicated to the victory of Athenians against Persians.

↗ NE
< 1km

Temple of Apollo

One of the most significant monuments of the Delphi dedicated to Apollo and located in a prominent and central place inside the Oracle.

↗ NE
< 1km

Ancient Theatre of Delphi

An impressive big structure with the ability to host approximately 5.000 guests, situated inside the sanctuary of the God Apollo.

↑ N
< 1km
The overview of paved Sacred Way at Delphi that was followed by the faithful who were to ask for an amulet.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0

Sacred Way at Delphi

«Iera Odos»

Ritual path leading to the temple, that was followed by the faithful who were to ask for an amulet.

↗ NE
< 1km
The outside entrance of the yard leading to the Museum of Delphic Festivals.
photo: Sp!ros / CC BY-SA 3.0

Museum of Delphic Festivals

Housed in the mansion of the great poet Angelos Sikelianos who had conceived the concept of Delphic Idea and the corresponding Festivals.

↙ SW
< 1km

Pillar of Prusias II

An offering to the sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi that was constructed in honor of King Prusias ll of Bithynia and dates from 182 BC.

↗ NE
< 1km
An aerial photo showing the Ancient Stadium of Delphi among the dense vegetation of the area and the nearby cliff.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0

Ancient Stadium of Delphi

Situated at the northwest and highest point of the site, it is the most well-preserved ancient stadium in Greece founded in 5th century BC.

↖ NW
< 1km

Delphi (Modern Town)

Located next to the archaeological site, offers many overnight and shopping alternatives as well as opportunities to taste the local cuisine.

← W
< 1km

Athenian Gymnasium of Delphi

Facility complex of the 4th century BC that served initially as an athlete training center and later became a citizen spiritual cultivation hub.

→ E
< 1km

Castalia Source

Castalia Spring is totally linked to Delphi Oracle since Pythia, priests, and pilgrims were washing themselves here to ask for an amulet.

↗ NE
< 1km

Athena Pronaia Temple

Sanctuary of Goddess Athena which includes the vaulted temple (Tholos), the trademark that is one of the most photographed spots of the site.

→ E
< 1km

Ancient Path from Delphi to Korikion Antron Cave

Today's international hiking path E4 connects (9 km) Delphi to Korikion Cave via the forest of Parnassos.

↖ NW
≈ 1.1km

Corycian Cave, Delphi

«Korikion Antron»

At an altitude of 1400 meters, it is a worship cave, dedicated to the Nymphs and the deity of Pan.

↗ NE
≈ 6.1km

Arachova

Are you visiting Athens during winter? Close to Greece's most well-organized ski resort, Arachoba is Athenians' favorite winter resort town.

→ E
≈ 10.2km

Questions & Answers about Ancient Delphi

Why Visit Ancient Delphi?
  • Most sacred and respected oracle in the ancient world.
  • Archaeological site declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  • Special place that was historically referred to as "the navel of the earth".
What is Ancient Delphi?

Delphi has been 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. It was the center of the Delphic Amphictyony that was originally was a religious federation among the 12 Greek tribes and later led to political union. Under this scheme, the city established its autonomy, increased influence, and grew in scope. It was then during the 6th century BC when the Pythian Games were organized and became the second most important event after the Olympic Games, thus the Delphic Oracle started becoming even more famous to the known world.

What is an oracle of Delphi?

The oracles were thought to be highly reliable. They were expressed by Pythia the priestess of the Oracle and interpreted by the priests of Apollo. The oracle's reputation made leaders and ordinary people traveling long distances to hear the forecasts. Indeed, according to historians, oracles played a decisive role in the outcome of major events such as the Trojan War. The nature of the oracles was always cryptic and could be interpreted in many ways. A well-known example is the soldier's question if he was to die in the coming war. The Oracle predicted that “you go you come not at war will die” so depending on where the comma goes (after of before "not") it changes completely the meaning of the sentence.

What is the navel of the earth?

Historically, Delphi, the ancient Greek city was considered a special place due to the special aura. Numerous visitors were expressing their experience when visiting the place, due to the magnetic fields in the region. Thus, it should be noted that since prehistoric times, it was already referred to as the navel (omphalos) of the earth.

Is Delphi worth a visit?

Nowadays Delphi attracts visitors from all over the world and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. At a short distance from the archaeological site, is located the European Cultural Center which hosts annually the Delphi Economic Forum, as well as the contemporary settlement of Delphi that has quality infrastructure and provides all the amenities.

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