Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Delphi Archaeological Site

Tholos at Delphi, Greece.
Tholos at Delphi, Greece.

 The Delphi Archaeological Site and Museum was as spectacular as we hoped it would be. The setting is excellent, extending over a series of terraces in the foothills of Mount Parnassus. The history - being the center for the Oracle of Delphi - is fascinating (politically, culturally, etc.). The museum was recently renovated and is a must see. We spend 5-6 hours seeing it all – but as I’ve said before we are slow and read lots of labels. Suggested viewing order is the logical order: 1) museum, 2) Sacred Precinct (the main site), 3) the Castalian Spring, 4), the gymnasium, and finally the 5) Marmaria. The Castalian Spring is closed off so you can’t see a whole lot, but you pass by it on the way to the gymnasium. To get from number 1 and 2 to 3, 4 and 5 you walk down the main road toward the east and with a few hundred feet come to other sites.

Charioteer at Delphi Museum.
Charioteer at Delphi Museum.

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