Delphi was one of the most important sites in antiquity. It was at Delphi where two eagles met when set free by Zeus in order to find the "center or navel of the Earth" according to myth. It was once the most important point for travelers from all over the ancient world, who would come here to have their fortunes told or answers given to them by the oracle. As an offering of respect and thanks, the site was once literally covered with gold, jewels, and beautiful objects brought to the oracle. The modern-day site was excavated in the late 1800s, and today is one of the most visited sites in Greece. It is about a 2½-hour drive from Athens or 1½ hours from Patras, and a must-see when visiting Greece and wanting to see more than just Athens or the islands.