Zeus let two doves go – one from the East and one from the West and they met in Delphi, and so it was recognised as the centre of the world. Delphi is up in the mountains but not far from the Corinthian Gulf, and about three hours from Athens.
It looks out over a valley where Greece’s largest olive grove lies, a million plus trees for the oil trade.
On one side of the road is the Temple of Apollo where the oracle Pythia was consulted. On the other side is the Temple of Athena, a centre for the worship of Mother Earth. Walking the area takes you past a stadium, amphitheater, various ‘treasuries’, a gymnasium and ruins and remnants of many other monuments. An indoors Museum houses many of the sculptures and friezes found on the site.
Here are some photos from our wanderings.
Temple of Apollo The stadiumThe chariot handler’s eyes follow you (sort of)Athena’s Temple