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Delphi is one of the most important historic sites of ancient Greece . Located 178 kilometres north west of Athens this was the home of the sanctuary and oracle of the god of light Apollo. The ancient Greeks believed this to be the "navel of the earth" - a revered place where Apollo lived for nine months of each year. When you stand among the ruins of Apollo's temple and marvel at the truly spectacular mountain scenery it makes you realise why a god would want to set up home here.

The site is less than two hours drive from the Greek capital so try to fit in a visit, either by hired car or by booking yourself onto one of the many organised coach trips that run daily from Athens . Even without the fascination of the ancient ruins and the story of the Delphic Oracle, the location of the town itself is enough to make your journey worthwhile. Tourists are well catered for with numerous hotels, tavernas, gift shops and ATMs. Try to get a hotel room with a mountain view and if you're lucky enough to witness one of this area's dramatic electrical storms, the sight will convince you that Zeus and his cronies are still around, venting their wrath on lesser mortals.

According to legend it was the all-powerful Zeus who declared Delphi to be the centre of the world after he released two eagles from different ends of the earth and they met on the spot where the Temple of Apollo was subsequently built.

The original temple was built in the 7th century BC but was destroyed by fire in 548 BC and had to be rebuilt with the aid of contributions from all the major Greek cities. This was the most sacred of places and men came from all over the then-known world to hear the prophesies of the wise priestess who pronounced her oracles whilst seated on a tripod at the entrance to a cavern. Kings, generals and ordinary mortals made the journey to Delphi , cleansed themselves in the waters of the nearby Kastalia Spring, paid a tax and sacrificed an animal on the altar of Apollo before consulting the priestess.

The priestess chewed bay leaves and inhaled fumes which sent her into a trance before she uttered her highly ambiguous oracles on behalf of Apollo - cleverly, these utterances were always sufficiently vague to ensure that she could never be accused of being wrong!

The cavern has never been found but you can wander through the ruins of the Temple of Apollo and the nearby Temple of Athena which is in an equally beautiful location 10 minutes walk down the mountainside. Above the northwest side of Apollo's Temple is the well-preserved 4th century theatre with seating capacity for 5,000 spectators. Higher up you'll find the stadium, with tiers of stone seats still in good condition, where athletic contests and musical events used to be held. The Festivals of Music and Ancient Drama are held here during July and August.

A visit to the Archaeological Museum is a must as it houses one of the finest collections in the whole of Greece . The star attraction is the larger than life bronze charioteer from the 5th century BC - an extraordinarily well preserved figure which was part of a group that included a four-horse chariot. The museum's 13 galleries are a fabulous treasure trove of sculptures, art work and priceless gifts offered to the sanctuary by wealthy devotees of the Greek gods.


 

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 Nidimos Hotel
Nidimos Hotel, Delfoi
With a privileged location in Delphi, Nidimos Hotel offers free WiFi and modern-style rooms with 32'' LED TV. more...
 Hotel Orfeas
Hotel Orfeas, Delfoi
Hotel Orfeas is situated at a quite area, only 220 yards from central Delphi. It is a family-owned hotel with rooms with magnificent views. more...
 Chrissa Camping Rooms & Bungalows
Chrissa Camping Rooms & Bungalows, Delfoi
Chrissa Camping Rooms & Bungalows is spread amphitheatrically on a hill with unobstructed views to the Corinthian bay. more...
 Pan Hotel
Pan Hotel, Delfoi
The family-run Pan Hotel is located only 500 metres from the archeological site of Delphi. more...
 Kastalia Boutique Hotel
Kastalia Boutique Hotel, Delfoi
Kastalia Boutique Hotel is located at the picturesque village of Delphi. It offers an open-air terrace with spectacular views of Parnassos. Free WiFi is available throughout. more...
 Acropole Delphi Hotel
Acropole Delphi Hotel, Delfoi
Quietly located 100 metres from the centre of Delphi, Acropole Hotel’s rooms feature magnificent views of the Delphi gorge. more...
 Fedriades Delphi Hotel
Fedriades Delphi Hotel, Delfoi
Centrally located in Delphi Town, Fedriades Delphi Hotel is only a 10-minute walk from the famous Archaeological Museum. It overlooks the Corinthian Gulf and the valley of Pleistou. more...
 Amalia Hotel Delphi
Amalia Hotel Delphi, Delfoi
Set on a slope of Mount Parnassus, at the exit of Delphi town, Amalia offers a panoramic view of the green valley, all the way to the sea, Itea and Galaxidi. more...
 Hotel Athina
Hotel Athina, Delfoi
With panoramic views to the Corinthian gulf, Athina is a traditional family run hotel situated 500 metres from Delfi Archaeological Museum. more...
 Arion Hotel
Arion Hotel, Delfoi
Arion Hotel is situated in the famous Delphi, only 200 metres from the archaeological site. It offers panoramic views of the Corinthian gulf, free wireless internet and free parking. more...
 Aiolos Hotel Delphi
Aiolos Hotel Delphi, Delfoi
Hotel Aiolos is located in the centre of Delphi and only 300 metres from the archaeological site and the museum. more...
 Hermes Hotel
Hermes Hotel, Delfoi
A charming hotel in the city of Delphi offering warm hospitality and functional accommodation and breathtaking views of the valley leading to the sparkling waters of the Corinthian Gulf. more...
 Epic Rooms
Epic Rooms, Delfoi
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Epic Rooms offers pet-friendly accommodation in Delfoi, 400 metres from Archaeological Museum of Delphi. Every room comes with a TV. more...
 Olympic Hotel
Olympic Hotel, Delfoi
Hotel Olympic enjoys panoramic views of the Corinthian gulf, hence located in Delphi. The hotel’s location is ideal for exploring Delphi and the surrounding area. more...
 Kouros Hotel
Kouros Hotel, Delfoi
Kouros Hotel is located in Delphi, on the foot of Mount Parnassos. It offers a roof garden with view of the Corinthian Gulf and sunlit rooms with air conditioning and TV. more...




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