The Archaeological Museum of Delphi

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The Archaeological Museum of Delphi Reviews

lauro lauro
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The Archaeological Museum of Delphi Dec 01, 2012
The Archaeological Museum of Delphi is located in the ancient grounds of the Oracle of Delphi and the ruins that surrounds it. it has the collection from the ancient greek times where delphi was considered to be the center of the world. it would also explain how the mystic priestess phythia would sit on a tripod amidst the cloud of vapors surrounding her on how she forsees the great oracle and not only that - but also the omphalos - a rock situated to where the center of the earth was, in ancient greek mythology - the rock that was wrapped with cloth by the titan queen rhea and swallowed by the king of the titans - cronus, thus, saving zeus and overthrew the titans.

the collections of the museum is small but came from the vast kingdoms / polis (city states) / islands of the ancient greek world.

the centerpiece of the museum is the charioteer - the charioteer is man-sized 1.80 cm tall (5' 11") made of copper, silver and the eyes are made of onyx and sculpted around 470 bc.

the sphinx of naxos - a large sphinx that was built on top of a huge column. it was a gift from the island of naxos to delphi to celebrate the importance of the island in the ancient greek world.

the acanthus column of dancers - it is believed to held the omphalos on the top of the dancers head. its giagantic column with three women dancing wrapped in acanthus leaves.

.... and many more important archaeological findings - from the treasuries of athens, sparta, sifnos and many more important city states in ancient greece.

i really recommend everyone to visit this museum while youre at delphi, it would help you understand why and how the oracle works herself, the "neutralization" of the warring city-states and kingdoms of the ancient greek world and how even the farthest kingdoms consult the wisdom of the oracle as well.

for 11 euros (2012) - you can combine the fee for the museum and the archaeological site as well - a very cheap fee considering the importance of the remains of delphi and the oracle itself.
the head of the charioteer of delp…
the charioteer - the main centerpi…
the great sphinx of naxos.
the acanthus column with dancers.
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HelenP says:
I really enjoyed reading this Lauro, thank you for sharing it.
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013
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