Pavillion View Point
Pavillion View Point Delphi Reviews
'Pavillion' is an excellent spot to enjoy the views in tranquillity Feb 05, 2016
I admit this might be of use mostly to slow travelers and/or people who prefer to enjoy the landscape and the ambiance of a place rather than rush from place to place, but it worths to mention it here, just in case you are one of them.
Back on the late '50s/60s famous architect Dimitris Pikionis and his son Petros Pikionis created many great buildings all over Greece and Delphi in particular. Petros was the one who got inspired from a unique location hunging on the cliffs a couple of kms outside Delphi town, where a small church dedicated to Hosios Loukas was to be found. Him and the Greek Tourism Organisation thought this would be a great place for a small kafeneion type of place where locals and visitors alike would enjoy the amazing valley views, a low profile building that would fit on the surrounding environment and would become a landmark for the area.
And that was the case. For unknown reasons, the small church was demolished and a new one rebuilt less than a km away. The kafeneion which fast become known as Touristiko Periptero- Tourist Kiosk or mostly with the equivalent french term "Pavillion", became a landmark and a popular place for everyone coming to the area. Famous visitors, locals and tourists alike used to frequent it since then till the '90s when unfortunately, the Greek government whith one of its crazy bureaucratic twists decided to kick out the last people running it, in hope of other people investing on it and running it more smoothly. For various reasons, some of which a common person would never get to understand, no one took over the place which remained closed since then, starting to collapse while unknown vandals started to demolish it piece by piece. The once amazing building is now no more than a few standing walls and a roof among piles of ruins.
But while this is a sad sight, what remains is the amazing landscape, the almond, cypress and especially pine trees andother plantation and a few benches near by to sit down and enjoy the views, hearing nothing but the birds singing and the occasional bell ringing and dog barkings from goat and sheep herds' passing below the cliffs. One can carry a coffee and a snack or a pique-nique till Pavillion and sit down enjoying the tranquillity of the place and take it all in.
Remainings of the old Hosios Loukas church, its altar still standing and a small eikonostasi- shrine that locals placed out of respect are to be seen too. By the way, the Hosios Loukas concerened is the same person worshiped on the famous Hosios Loukas monastery near Distomo, originally coming from Delphi, or actually Kastri, the village standing above the Delphi ruins on medival times...
Do note that there are no railings on the area, you just stand by the cliff side. Not recommended to people who may suffer from vertigo or to too young children.
I hope people enjoy it as much as I do!
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