In the foothills of Mount Parnassus, in the evocative landscape enclosed by the two rocks known as the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, the most famous oracle of Ancient Greek times. According to ancient legend, Zeus sent out two eagles from opposite directions to find the centre of the world, and their flights crossed at Delphi. Since then the site has been known as the navel of the earth, and for many centuries it was the spiritual and religious centre, and symbol of unity, of the Hellenic world. The heyday of the oracle of Delphi was between the 6th and 4th centuries BC. The archaeological museum at Delphi is also spectacular.
The most important monuments:
- The treasuries, architectural tributes which were built to commemorate various historical events.
- The Temple of Apollo, where the seat of the oracle was located. The temple we can see today was completed in 330 BC. The sanctuary, where the Pythia, the priestess, was answered by Apollo, must have been located at a deeper level.
- The theatre, where musicians performed and drama contests were held.
- The stadium, which is one of the best preserved of its type.
- The Castalian Spring, where the Pythia and the priests washed.
- The Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia with the Tholos.
- The Gymnasium which dates back to the 4th century BC.
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