Delphi Archaeological Museum

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Αμφίσσης-Λιβαδειάς, Delphi, Greece
2265 082312

Delphi Archaeological Museum Reviews

SouthernGuy Southern…
2 reviews
Local bus ride to Delphi, Greece Apr 20, 2011
My daughter and I rode the local bus service to Delphi, Greece. I woke at 5:30 to catch the metro to the local bus services. I don't recommend going that early, the neighbor was a little scary with my daughter. For 11E each, we rode the bus to Delphi. I was clean, safe and fun! I was 135 miles to Delphi and about 2.5 hours. We walk to the museum. We couldn't do the grounds due to bad weather. We caught the 1:30pm bus back to Athens. Real bad traffic. A Japanese group ask the drive to stop at the first metro station. We followed them and got back to the hotel in time to dress for dinner. I like to adventure with the locals/natives. I rode the bus with lower to middle middle class to another city. People like me.
My daughter at the rest stop on th…
The bus we rode
One of the small town on the way.
walking to the musum
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sylviandavid sylviand…
111 reviews
Delphi .... the museum at the center of earth Oct 22, 2008
Delphi Museum is a must see.

We have been twice and still feel like we didn't see it all. We feel it is beneficial to see the museum first then visit the site. It helps when you can visualize the ruins as they were in ancient times.

The first room is mainly about the Siphians. It has the battle of the gods against the giants: These remarkable carvings/freizes are from the Treasury of the Siphians. They have remarkable details... the room also contains the Caryatide of the Siphians and the Sphinx of Naxians.

One room is dominated by the carvings of the two kouri who may be the sons of Hera, Kleobis and Biton. They are over 7 feet tall. From that room is a smaller area. It contains the black cult figures called Chryselephantine. It is an ancient technique that placed thin carved ivory over wood for face and gold over the wood for garments. Only the delphi items have been discovered in this technique so far. The room also has the gold and silver bull reconstruted.

One room has the treasures from the Treasury of the Athenians. Another has some famous bronze shields... One room is devoted to the Temple of Apollo...

And finally: At the far end is the wonderful Charioteer. He has a room entirely to himself. When you enter the room he is displayed on a pedestal in the middle... When there are a lot of people in the room it is unusually loud ... The last time we were there we stood to the side until the crowds moved on. It is a very popular display and to take pictures with no one in the room you must photograph really fast....

One thing I really liked were the temple pediments that were partially filled in. (The lines indicated the outline and statues stood on the platform in the correct places:) It gave you an idea of the size and grandier of the temples. These were in the Temple of Apollo rooms...

The museum is laid out well and the displays are not crowded feeling. It does get very loud when a lot of people are in the rooms. The guards continually tell people to speak quietly. Flash pictures are not allowed although you can take pictures .. It is not allowed to pose by the displays... This is consistant in all of the Greek museums we visited.. The Delphi displays are close and many are not behind barriers... that is wonderful.

We really love this museum. The items displayed come from all over Greece as it was an important religious site and many offerings and gifts were given to it. It is only about three hours out of Athens... if you can come ... do it! You will thank us!
The Charioteer 470 BC
Examples of Chryselephantine: the …
Temple details
From the treasury of Siphians
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sylviandavid says:
Elle, Thank you so much! What a wonderful compliment! We really had a lot of fun ... and we are reliving it to some degree loading the pictures. Again, thank you! sylvia
Posted on: Feb 01, 2009
sweetsummerdaiz says:
Absolutely fabulous photos...... you should make a coffee table book from these.
Posted on: Feb 01, 2009

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