Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Delphi, Greece, 2007

After a few days in Athens, I went up north to Delphi, the site of the famous ancient oracle / priestess (Pythia).  The ruins were incredible; I don't have a ton of knowledge about ancient Greece or Delphi specifically, but here are some photos and what little info I have.

Delphi sits at the base of Mount Parnassus near the Gulf of Corinth.  I arrived before the sun crested over the mountains, which was extremely wise in the incredibly hot Grecian summer.

This may be a Christian symbol from the settlers who poured in after AD 500; I'm not sure.

Glorious view.

This may be the side of the reconstructed Treasury of Athens.

The reconstructed Treasury of Athens.

Sunrise approaches...

One of many columns.

General view of Delphi.

A much thinner yours truly.

The Temple of Apollo, closed by Emperor Theodosius and later destroyed by my fellow Christians.  ;-)

The Temple of Apollo.

The theatre.

What a setting...

Delphi was the location for the Pythian Games, one of the four Panhellenic Games (the others being the Olympic, Nemean, and Isthmian Games).  This is the stadium used for the games.

The stadium.

Not sure what this is.

The Doric columns of the Tholos.

The Tholos

The Tholos

There is of course a museum on site.

Gotta love the expression of the helmeted man being mauled by the lion.

Coming up next = Meteora.  Stay tuned.

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