Archaeological Site of Delphi
Archaeological Site of Delphi Reviews
The Center of the Earth Jul 17, 2010
Delphi is located on the terraces along the slope of Mount Parnassos, Greece. It has been listed at UNESCO's world heritage sites since 1987.
Many stories evolved regarding the history of Delphi.Greek legend says that this historical site was the point where two eagles which were released by God Zeus had met after their flights from two distant ends of the world. It has been said that Zeus threw the stone (omphalos which means nave or center) at this exact point, to mark the nave or center of the world.
Well as we started to ascend the hill, I've noticed the said omphalos stone that looks like a small dome but only with semi-pointed end. Am I standing at the center of the world???
Beside the stone is the Treasury of Delphi. The treasury of Delphi resembles a small and simple temple.It was built high off the ground with thick walls and no windows. The structure was made of Persian marbles and has two Doric columns along the front.
Further up the hill is a major ruin - the Temple of Apollo, the Doric temple where the oracle used to stand. The temple was said to be one of the most important and most imposing temples of antiquity. The facade and the portion of five columns are the only ones visible todate.
As we continued ascending the ridge, we reached the theater and the stadium. The theater has 35 rows of seats.
Some ancient stone walls still survived despite the passage of time.
Below the ruins at the left side of the site is the Delphi Archaeological Museum that houses the finds from the excavation at the site.
Far below, on the opposite side of the road is the ruins of Tholos. (So sad that we had no means to get closer to this).
Anyway, having been stood at the center of the earth??? is really strange. One thing that anyone must be proud of!
Part of the AS I STOOD BESIDE THE OMPHALOS STONE IN DELPHI (Greece) travel blog
Part of the list Unesco Heritage Sites
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