The Archaeological Museum of Delphi

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The Archaeological Museum of Delphi Reviews

loripori loripori
272 reviews
Delphi Museum Jan 23, 2017
Tuesday June 5, 2007


The thirteen galleries of the DELPHI MUSEUM houses the finds from the excavations at Delphi, dating from prehistoric into Roman times. Outstanding exhibits include the famous 5th century B.C. Bronze Charioteer of Delphi, the Sphinx of the Naxians, the Statue of the athlete Agias and the statue of Antinoos.

Starting your day at the Museum will give you an overall understanding of the site. Each of the 13 rooms has a specific focus - Sculptures from the elegant Siphnian Treasury, finds from the Temple of Apollo, items from the Roman period.

Photography without flash is permitted, but I found there was plenty of natural light to produce very good pictures.

A bit about Delphi:

Located 378 km (110 miles) north-west of Athens.

Mount Parnassus is where Greece's most famous ancient Oracle and most beautiful site DELPHI is located.

The ancient Greeks believed that Delphi was the center of the world. Apollo chose this spot as the home of its most famous Oracle. Pilgrims came to Delphi from all over the Greek world to ask Apollo's advice on affairs of state as well as personal matters.

According to legend, when Zeus wanted to determine the earth's center, he released two eagles from Olympus. When the eagles met over Delphi, he had his answer.

Delphi was also the site of the Pythian Games, the most famous festival in Greece after the Olympics.
Lori in Delphi
Treasury of the Athrnians
Inside the Museum
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lauro lauro
236 reviews
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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