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Bill in Greece - DELPHI

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A May 2002 trip to Delphi by billmoy

Delphi Photo, Delphi, Greece More Photos
Quote: The modern town of Delphi, with a tiny population in the range of 2500 persons, is 178 kilometers northwest of Athens. The ancient area of Delphi lies just to the east along the rocky slope of Mount Parnassos.

Bill in Greece - DELPHI

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Overview

Delphi Photo, Delphi, Greece
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Delphi was an important religious center in ancient Greece. Delphi was nicknamed the "navel of the world" because the ancient Greeks believed it was the geographical center of the world. Flocks of pilgrims (men only) would visit the Delphic Oracle, searching for some divine wisdom and advice related to their profound questions. After various rituals, the oracle brought forth mysteriously cryptic answers that had somehow to be interpreted by the visitor. Today, archaeological pilgrims pay homage by visiting the fine ruins of this ancient city. Some of the beautiful images of Delphi are courtesy of my good friend and frequent travel companion, local Chicago architect Marius Ronnett.Quick Tips:...Read More

Parnasse Cafe

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Restaurant

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This spiffy cafe is located on the main drag between the modern town of Delphi and the archaeological site of Delphi. The display counter visually draws you in with a selection of baked goodies. The menu items are not cheap, but not outrageously expensive either. There is a good selection of beers and drinks, and the iced tea did its best to quench my thirst. There is a doorway to the hotel lobby next door, where you can use the lavatory if necessary. I ordered something that seemed to be a cross between a pizza and a croissant, with bacon and cheese on top. It was not bad, but it seemed a little dry because I was extremely thirsty from hiking through the archaeological sites. My dessert was a p...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 24, 2002

Parnasse Cafe
Pavlou and Freiderikis 32
Delphi, Greece
30-02650-82321

Archaeological site of Delphi

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Attraction

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Once I arrived by bus at Delphi, I made a mad dash past the modern-looking museum (displaying and protecting antiquities found within the site) to enter the great archaeological site of Delphi. The main site is situated about a mile east of the modern town of Delphi. Members of the French Archaeological School at Athens performed excavations here. Between 1892 and 1902, archaeologists uncovered the Temple of Apollo and the theater. Once you pass the admissions booth (displaying a few souvenirs for sale), you will walk through the Agora with a few minor relics from an Early Christian church. Keep an eye out for stray cats and dogs in these quiet areas. Then proceed upwards along the paved Sacred...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2002

Archaeological site of Delphi

Delphi, Greece

Stadium

Attraction

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Once you get to the level of the amphitheater at the Delphi site, you will see signs pointing up towards the ancient stadium. This 3rd Century BC edifice on top of the hill is well preserved and is less visited because of its physical and visual separation from the main site. It is a reasonable hike up a few rocky paths, lined with colorful flowers and plants. While you are walking upward, occasionally look down towards fine views of the amphitheater. Look over yonder for the tholos of the Marmaria, with the mountains hovering in the background and forests of cypress and olive trees. The stadium is one of the best-preserved in Greece, with rows of stepped seating around the elongated oval. The s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2002

Stadium

Delphi, Greece

Marmaria

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Attraction

Marmaria Photo, Delphi, Greece
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Walk another mile or so east of the main site of Delphi, either along the scenic main road or inland along the pedestrian pathway. You will pass the Kastalian Spring (closed to visitors currently) and the ruins of an ancient gymnasium (4th Century BC). The gymnasium area is basically closed, but you can climb about for a close-up look if you wish. Then head a bit further down the road and then down the hill towards the ruins of the Marmaria, also called the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia. The most prominent feature is the elegant round "tholos" (4th Century BC) that has an ethereal "Stonehenge" quality to it. The original round temple had 20 marble columns in the Doric style atop a stepped base, b...Read More

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Marmaria

Delphi, Greece

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billmoy

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