A Day in the Ancient City of Delphi

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One of the joys of touring Europe with a car is the ability to reach far-flung places with ease. Delphi was on my radar as a place to visit. You see I have this insatiable curiosity for all things ancient and especially Greek mythology.

The Delphi Archaeological Site

I have visited various archeological sites in Turkey (modern-day Anatolia), and it only feeds my lust for discovering ancient sites. I crossed over from Turkey and made my way to the foot of Mount Parnassus and along the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, a sanctuary of Delphi. The most famed of all Greek Oracle was thought to have resided here, and Delphi was regarded as the center of the world. It is more than just another collection of ruins in a country that has many of them.

The ruins in the archaeological site of Delphi in Greece
The ruins in the archaeological site of Delphi in Greece

In the antiquities, Delphi had special meaning; it was viewed as the focal point of the known world, the place where earth and the heavens meet. It is intriguing just to get lost in ruins and conjure images of a bygone era. How did they live? What were they doing this exact minute hundreds of years ago?

The Theater

Ancient Theater in Delphi, Greece
Ancient Theater in Delphi, Greece

This theater dates back all the way to the fourth century BC. It could host 5,000 spectators in its heyday. The theater was built around 4th century B.C. just up the hill from the temple of Apollo. It gave the seated audience an amazing view of the valley and the sanctuary down below. Local Parnassus limestone was used in its construction and subsequently remodeled a few times. The theater was capable of seating around five thousand people. It pushed out plays, readings, poetry, and all sorts of musical events during festivals at Delphi.

The Treasury

Treasury of Athens, built to commemorate their victory at the Battle of Marathon.
Treasury of Athens, built to commemorate their victory at the Battle of Marathon.

This treasury was built around 510 BC and is a Doric temple. It was built with marbles that came from the island of Paros. What you're looking at here is actually a restored version. It's not a treasury in the traditional sense like a bank - it holds Athenian offerings to the Oracle.

The Tholos

Temple Of Apollo
Temple Of Apollo

The Tholos was built in 380 BC and was based on a circular plan of 20 Doric columns on the exterior and 10 Corinthian Columns inside. This was built with the leftovers of Temple of Apollo. The essential structure in this place, are the foundations. It featured columns, sculptures inside and was rebuilt in the same location three times over. It is here, in the inner temple, where a priestess would sit and utter the message of the Oracle, which was sent to her by the god Apollo and translated by the priests.

The ruins are located amidst a beautiful landscape where you can just get lost and marvel at a civilization long gone. If you can spare a day, you owe it to yourself to visit this wonderful site. If you had more time, I recommend you check out the Aegina Island it's another spot where you can find ancient temple such as The Temple of Aphaea.


Here's some more Greece Pictures you might be interested in:

Meteora Sunset
Meteora Panorama
Greek Temples

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I have been to Delphi, and your photos really brought back memories of getting to visit Greece with my Mom and Grandparents!

You are blessed because you have the joy of traveling live through time. luck with your explorations on Greek mythology



Sure thing :)

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cool, looks like the roman empire visited Turkey in ancient history, tbh, that place looks awesome to live on a mountain

Next time i visit Greece, this is definitely the place to go

I loved this post, the pictures are amazing and the story is excellent <3

These are some beautiful photos! Keep enjoying your life

Omg so very beautiful; I bet it is breath taking in person!

lol where did you take that shot? I really love that shot. which lens did you use?

Beautiful photos. I like those from the late afternoon.

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Amazing place, this is one of the next place to visit ;)

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¡Great post! You should go to Delos, near Mykonos

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Amazing place! I will be there!

I really love Greece, this is my next place to visit :)

Ive been here last year! I really miss this place :(

Wow beautiful place! I hope to visiti Greece soon! Thank you @adonisabril for your post!

A truly amazing post @adonisabril I can only imagine how you'd feel being in the midst of all that ancient history and fascinating scenery. Having a car to travel to those out of the way places is such a bonus. It is also good to create your own time table and work around that, as opposed to fitting in with tight schedules of organized tours.