For many CENTURIES!! Delphi was the religious and spiritual center of the ancient Greek world. And as far as they know, Delphi was also the GEOGRAPHICAL center of the world!! Ha! Called the Omphalos, meaning Navel… it was the meeting point of 2 eagles which were dispatched by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the center of the world.. how’s that for Greek History 101!! How lucky do I feel to be at the center of the world..needed to happen at some point on this journey, hey..?
I arrived Delphos late afternoon.. not able to find a place to stay as the camping grounds not open for season yet, and the pensions or guesthouses are booked full with Asian tourists.. but as all things that are meant to be, I got to stay at a place that is not advertised and an extremely modest price.. my favorite! And here is the view from my window toward Galaxidi on the Aegean Sea.. works for me!
Once settled, and being a very small town, I headed straight to the ruins of Delphos, even though I hadn’t eaten all day.. do I eat or see the sights!? I get too excited.. I can always eat later.
The main site was already closed, but the gymnasium section is across the road and always open.. looking at it from above, looks great, so in I go!
Really special place.. I am wishing I could time travel.. really bad! These ancient cities would have been magnificent in the day! If I could only walk the streets, see the athletes practicing, shops, gardens, clothes, jewelery, etc etc
Amphitheaters are popular everywhere around this region.. and again.. I can’t help myself but feel the need to entertain the ghost people..
The professor taught me about this orb.. it was supposedly had a smoke coming out continuously and mysteriously. Worshippers would come from far and wide to hear a message from God through an oracle if they had a problem or big decison to make. The female Oracle’s would meditate around it, and speak in tongues. The male “Priests” would interpret the messages. (The one of the left is a reproduction as the original is in the museum)
Some of the messages were inscribed on the walls for everyone to read.. and remain today!~
Here is the original (or parts thereof..) Sorry for the bad angle of the photo, there was a distraction in the background.. 😉
The most flourishing times of Delphi was from the 6th to the 4th Century BC. There is so much to talk about, but I don’t really want to make the blog a huge history lesson.. However, I hope you get a chance to visit here yourself if you havn’t already.. it was so great and far above what I expected to see and learn.. and I have enjoyed every bit of it.
Needless to say, it’s all incredibly fascinating to me. I could have spent all day with the Professor, but I had to go back to my room, pack and get myself into Athens.