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Delphi, Greece

Posted by on July 27, 2018

There is one place that needed to be visited but it’s quite a distance from my initial central visiting place and tourist  base of Athens. It’s known as Delphi, home of the worldly-known (back then) Oracle and Apollo’s sanctuary of treasures from almost all of the Greek city-states. To me, it’s a place to go see the Temple of Apollo, one of the more famous and better known Gods in both Greek and Roman history.

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Delphi is built on the side of the hill and partly into this valley. It’s windy way up there so imagine how the ancient Greeks did it. Another reason why it was a sanctuary, a sort of a bank of treasuries for the Greek city-states that even the Turks were turned back because supposedly an earthquake impeded their march to Delphi. So as a result, Delphi’s status and reputation as a protected shrine was heralded as protected by Apollo himself.

Tip: I recommend going on a tour for this trip to Delphi. Greece has a lot of road tolls and if you don’t know what you are doing, it’s best to let the local bus tour driver and tour guide handle it all. Most tourists go out there for a day and then return back to Athens so best to let the professionals handle the “sausage making.”

ruins of apollo temple delphi greek history

The Temple of Apollo. Obviously, it is a relic of the past. An earthquake and even a fire supposedly brought the temple to its destruction so even Apollo had no control over this.

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All that remains are the former stones and foundation of the temple. It’s too bad that we can’t see what it really looked like back then. Kind of like Poseidon’s Temple – what an amazing view it must have been over the blue sea waters.

greek theater hillside mountain high elevation

What Greek ruins would not be complete without a theater! People back then must attend such events in order to hear the stories of their past or even present.

Pythian Games Panhellenic classical period Games of Ancient Greece

At the top or I should say when you walk up the hill, there is a field there! I was thinking they played football back then? No… instead, the Pythian Games were supposedly played there. Like the Olympic Games, but with less flair.

Ahhhh, another great site visited. Now the temples of the two Gods that I wanted to see and visit are complete. Definitely, worth a trip to go out and make that pilgrimage.

nice greek town hillside tourists

I’m not sure what the name of this city was but it’s a nice scenic town on the hill.