Ancient Delphi is on the eastern edge of the modern town of Delphi. With a piercing view of olive and cypress trees marching their way in to the valley and the gulf of Corinth. Early occupation began between 1600–1100 BC but the Greeks of 6th century BC gave Delphi the most activity and believed it to be the navel or center of the world. It is where the Delphic oracle (Who at first, was always a younger women, but they tended to run away with the knowledge-seekers) would inhale psychedelic fumes, enter a trace-like state and spit out non-sense. The non-sense was then interpreted by priests.
Opening hours vary. In fact, the lower ruins (Sanctuary of Athena) were closed on this day and I could not get a straight answer as to why. Pretty disappointed we did not get to see it. So always check what time it opens and in our case, if the entire site is open. Tickets are 6€ for the ruins, 9€ for ruins + museum. Here is a slim walk through, you’ll to go there to fill in the rest of the info.
The path is very straight forward. Near the base is the ancient entry way showing five separate ways you would have walked in.
Next is the various treasury rooms of the City states. These were used to house offerings for Apollo. (Athenian treasury reconstructed)
Above that, the Temple of Apollo. The god of Music, harmony and light.
The Theatre which held a festival Pythian every four years.
And Lastly the Stadium. Still in great shape for something built in the 5th century BC. Used for athletic competitions.
It was very hot that day. Can’t image doing it in July. But what a history lesson! To see the same writing still etched in the stone. And given the importance of this site. The ruins are surprisingly accessible. Only a few small ropes to keep you off the important stuff. We even sat in the shade and had lunch.
Visiting Greece? Don’t skip this one. Case closed.