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The ruins at Delphi

Waking up to a new day, I quickly ran to the window to look for rain.  To my surprise, it was still sunny!  It was already warming up outside and looked to be a great day, our last one in Greece.

We had breakfast at the hotel and I printed out a map of the ancient site before we headed out to see it.  I finally figured out that this was a good idea and I'll be sure to do it in the future, even if the place I am staying charges for print outs.  We walked down to the site and purchased a ticket to see the ruins and the museum.  We headed into the museum first, but quickly exited after seeing the number of people in there.  The ruins were almost empty, so we instead started there.

The ancient site at Delphi is one for the books.

The ruins at Delphi - Temple of Apollo
  There was an Oracle that lived at this site thousands of years ago, and people would come from all over Greece to hear her prophecies.  People would not make business decisions without consulting the Oracle.  Cities would be built and wars would be faught because of her words.  It's said that there was a source of gas nearby, and when the Oracle smelled this gas, she would hallucinate and speak in an unknown tongue.  It was then the job of a local priest to translate for her.  Sounds pretty fishy if you ask me.

Anyway, there's no sign of this magical gas anywhere at the site, at least in present day.  Today, there are ruins of the agora where business would happen, and a ruined temple of Apollo.  Further up the mountain is an ancient theatre, and at the very top is a track that was used for the Sacred Games.

The ruins at Delphi - the Tholos
  These games were started as kind of a competator to the Olympic games, but were more focused on the arts.  Music, poetry, painting, and the like.  Only eventually were athletics incorporated in, but it never reached the level that the Olympic games did.

From the ruins on the hill, it's possible to walk to the other ruins at Delphi.  These ruins are further down in the valley, and are quite small.  There, you can find the ruins of the old gymnasium and a temple of Athena, with the ruins of the tholos temple, which stood at the sanctuary of Athena.  This tholos is one of the most photographed ruins in Delphi.

When we were done walking through the ruins, we headed into the museum.  Inside, it was neat to see many renditions of how the site looked back in the day.  It looked like a spectacular place.  The art and artifacts inside the museum revealed pieces of the culture as well.  We left the museum and headed back to our car.  We had plenty of time to kill, so we decided to drive as a reasonable speed toward Athens.  When we got out of the city, we stopped at the base of a hill and took some pictures of the area before continuing on.

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The ruins at Delphi
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The ruins at Delphi - the Tholos
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What a lovely view!
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View from Delphi in the early mor…
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Track where the Sacred Games were…
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The ruins at Delphi
The ruins at Delphi
The ruins at Delphi
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The ruins at Delphi - View of the…
The ruins at Delphi - the Gymnasium
The ruins at Delphi - the Gymnasium
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The ruins at Delphi
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The ruins at Delphi - Temple of A…
The ruins at Delphi - the Tholos
The ruins at Delphi - the Tholos
The ruins at Delphi - the Tholos
The ruins at Delphi - the Tholos
The ruins at Delphi - the Tholos
The ruins at Delphi - the Tholos
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The ruins at Delphi - Temple of A…
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The ruins at Delphi
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The ruins at Delphi - waterway?
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The ruins at Delphi - Roman Forum
The ruins at Delphi - Roman Forum
The ruins at Delphi - Gymnasium
The ruins at Delphi - Gymnasium
View from the ruins at Delphi
View from the ruins at Delphi
The ruins at Delphi - the Tholos
The ruins at Delphi - the Tholos
A sphinx from Delphi
A sphinx from Delphi
A plate from Delphi
A plate from Delphi
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This is the first recorded song
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Delphi
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The ruins at Delphi
The ruins at Delphi - The gymnasium
The ruins at Delphi - The gymnasium
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The ruins at Delphi
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