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Built on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, the town and ancient site of Delphi are as awe-inspiring now as they most likely were three thousand years ago, overlooking the Gulf of Corinth and a valley filled with olive and cyprus trees. Delphi was considered to be the centre of the world, as it was said that Zeus released two eagles in opposite directions, and they met in Delphi. At the centre of the ruins is the sanctuary of Apollo, once home to the oracle there who would pronounce her prophesies to people. These prophesies would be mutters of incomprehensible sound which were in turn translated into comprehensible language and given to those who made the pilgrimage in search of answers. The temple was destroyed by fire in the fourth century BC, so only the ruins remain. The theatre was also built in the 4th century BC. Further above sits the large stadium which was famous for chariot  races, and is considered the best preserved in all of Greece.

The museum of Delphi is one of the best Greece has to offer, as it shelters some very important works of art from ancient Greece. It houses impressive collections from ancient Delphi, including the earliest know notation of a melody, the famous Charioteer and golden treasures discovered on site. Entries to the museum and to the main complex are separate and chargeable, and a reduced rate ticked gets entry to both. There is a small cafe, serving iced drinks, by the museum. Slightly further east, on the south side of the main road, is the Gymnasium and the Tholos. Entry to these is free.

 

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