CHAT TOURS: Delphi Full-Day
Depart 8:45am/Return 7:00pm
Departures: Apr. 1 – Oct. 31 2016- Daily
Nov. 1 – Mar. 31, 2016- Wed., Fri. & Sun.
Drive through Levadia and Arachova (famous for its bright multi colored carpets) and arrive in the town of Delphi.
At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within an angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which housed the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the center of the world. According to mythology, it is said that two eagles were sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world and met in Delphi. The sanctuary of Delphi is set in a spectacular landscape. It was, for many centuries, the cultural and religious center and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world. It was also the seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years.
Between the sixth and fourth centuries B.C., the Delphic oracle, which was regarded as the most trustworthy, flourished. The oracles were delivered by the Pythia, the priestess, and interpreted by the priests of Apollo. Cities, rulers and ordinary individuals alike consulted the oracle and expressed their gratitude by offering great gifts and spreading its fame around the world. The oracle was thought to have existed since beginning of time. It was believed to have successfully predicted events related to the cataclysm of Deukalion, the Argonaut’s expedition and the Trojan War.
Visit the archaeological site and the museum. Among the many archaeological treasures is the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is an example of ‘‘true’’ Attic style, the work of a major artist.