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Delphi Sightseeing

The archaeological Site
The Temple of Apollo
Situated at the center of the site, the temple of Apollo is the most important monument of it. The temple housed the statues of the god as well as numerous votive offerings. It is here that took place various celebrations and the ritual of oracle giving. In the inner part of the temple there was the “chresmographeion”, that is to say the archives, which listed all the winners of Pythian games; these archives were lost for ever in 373 A.D., during the collapse of the temple. more...
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The Treasury of the Athenians
The Treasury of the Athenians not only was one of the most important buildings of the sacred place of Apollo; it was also a very impressive building, situated on Iera Odos (the “Sacred Way”), just beside the “bouleuterion” (the seat of the senate of the town of Delphi), and facing the equally interesting treasuries of the Knidians and the Syracusans. more...
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The Polygonal Wall
During the construction of the big temple of Apollo a platform was made, sustained by two large supporting walls. The northern one served to protect the temple from eventual fall of rocks. The southern aimed at retaining the soil around the foundations of the temple and define the area of Halos. more...
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The Stoa (gallery) of the Athenians
The Stoa (gallery) is one of the most important votive buildings that the Athenians constructed at Delphi. Situated at a central position within the site, it is found below the temple of Apollo. The building served to store the war spoils, mainly those that the Athenians had gathered from their naval victories during the Persian wars and had dedicated to the sanctuary. more...
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The Sacred Way
The Sacred Way was the route that visitors followed within the sacred precinct, from the entrance up to the altar of the Chians. This way had a ritual character: on the ninth day of each month, visitors seeking the advice of the oracle, the “theopropoi” as they were called, had to walk uphill along the Sacred Way until they reached the altar at the top. more...
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The Treasury of the Siphnians
The building known as the “Treasury of the Siphnians” is a votive offering of the people of the island of Siphnos to Apollo; the monument is one of the most splendid and richly decorated buildings in Delphi. The visitor walking up the Sacred Way would see the Treasury of the Siphnians beside the Treasury of the Sicyonians and that of Megara. The monument housed all the precious offerings and souvenirs of the glory and wealth of the island of Siphnos. more...
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The Theater
The theater of Delphi is one of the best known theaters in Greece, as we know both the exact date when it had been constructed, its design, the shape of the cavea and all the changes it underwent throughout its history. The theater is situated at the northwest of the temple of Apollo, just after the surrounding wall of it. more...
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The Gymnasium
The ruins of the ancient Gymnasium of Delphi are found between the Castalia fountain and the shrine of Athena. In antiquity the Gymnasium was a pretty big block of buildings consisting of the gymnasium, the palaestra and baths. It was constructed in the 4th century b.C. Ever since it underwent several modifications; during the Roman period it was rebuilt and baths with hot water supply were added. more...
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The Castalia spring
Castalia was a sacred spring at Delphi and its water played a very important role to the cult and ritual of the oracle. It is there that Pythia and the priests and the rest of the staff of the temple were washed; they also used the water of this spring for the cleaning of the temple. Washing in the water of Castalia was also a necessary ritual for the “theopropoi”, those who came to ask for an oracle, so that they were purified. more...
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The Ancient Stadium
The Stadium pf Delphi is the best preserved monument of the site, but also one of the best preserved monuments of this kind; it survives in pretty good a condition. It was situated north-west to the theater, above the sanctuary of Apollo and at the higher section of the ancient settlement. Today the visitor access the stadium following the same way as in antiquity: an uphill path that starts from the theater. more...
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The Tholos of Athena Pronaia
The tholos is the best known and easiest recognizable monument of Delphi. It is an impressive monument, situated at the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, between the later temple of Athena and the Treasury of the city of Massalia. It is a masterpiece of Classical architecture (it is dated in circa 380 b.C.), but its use still remains uncertain. It is suggested that the monument was dedicated to chthonic deities. more...
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The votive offering of Daochos
The votive offering of Daochos is one of the most important private offerings to the sanctuary. It was constructed at the northwest of the temple of Apollo on an oblong stone base, along with other offerings of cities and of private individuals. The person who made the offering was Daochos II, originated from Pharsala, tetrarch of Thessaly and hieromnemon during the years 339-334 b.C. more...
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The “Lesche”(club”) of the Knidians
The “Lesche” (club”) of the Knidians is a building known more for the paintings that decorated it and less for its architectural style. The monument was an offering to Apollo, by the people of Knidos, an important city-state in Asia Minor. Knidos enjoyed a high level of civilization and was famous for the progress in Medicine; the city had also numerous colonies in Sicily and in Naucratis at Egypt. more...
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The Archaeological Museum of Delphi
The Archaeological Museum of Delphi is one of the most important and interesting museums of Greece. It presents the long history of the site, famous throughout antiquity for the temple and oracle of Apollo. The collections of the museum depict in the best way the ritual, cultural and social activities of the sanctuary from the 8th century b.C. that it was established until the Byzantine times when it declined. more...
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European Cultural Center of Delphi
The establishment of the European Cultural Center of Delphi goes back to the late 1950s’; following the suggestions of a group of intellectuals of the period, Konstantinos Karamanlis, then prime minister of Greece, initiated the foundation of this institution. However, the discussion about the necessity of such a Center and the initiations to establish it had started much before, as early as after the end of the World War I and the foundation of the League of Nations. more...
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