Location: Central Greece

Delphi - Galaxidi

Location: Central Greece Galaxidi - Delphi - Arachova We travel to the famous navel of the Earth, the Delphi archaelogical site and the beautiful city of Galaxidi.

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At the foot of Mount Parnassus, in the enchanting natural landscape formed between two giant rocks, is the Panhellenic Sanctuary of Delphi, the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was the navel of the earth where, according to mythology, the two eagles sent by Zeus from the ends of the universe met to find the center of the world. The period from the 6th to the 4th c. B.C. coincides with the great edge of the Delphic oracle. His oracles, believed to be the most reliable, were expressed by Pythia, a priestess of the oracle, and were interpreted by the priests of Apollo. Cities, rulers and ordinary people rushed to consult the god and expressed their gratitude with brilliant voices, which gradually flooded the sanctuary. One of the early buildings of the modern era was the monastery of the Virgin Mary, which was built on the ruins of ancient gymnasium and unfortunately does not exist today. Going up from Itea, we reach Delphi and the famous archaeological site.

The Tholos (Dome) of Delphi belongs to the buildings that adorned the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia. The impressive circular building dates back to 380 BC. It has been characterized as one of the most beautiful and exceptional creations of ancient Greek architecture. Near the Tholos is the fountain of Castalia, which was named after the mythical nymph Kastalia, who in her attempt to escape from Apollo fell to this fountain and drowned. In its waters the visitors got purified before entering the oracle. Just before the archaeological site we find the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, one of the most important in Greece, it presents the history of the famous Delphic sanctuary and the most famous oracle of the ancient Greek world.

After coming down from the mountain of Parnassus we visit Galaxidi, the beautiful town of Fokida county, seems to have come out of another era. Many people come to admire the historic captain's houses and walk on its stone made roads. It has been characterized as a historic listed village since 1967. With a rich naval history and bold captains who transported merchandise across the Mediterranean Sea, it enjoyed great prosperity in the 18th-19th century and had a remarkable participation in the struggle of the Greeks against the Turks with the construction of warships. Most of the city is made up of stone-built mansions that remind of the city's remarkable past. At the top of the hill stands the church of saint of sailors, Agios Nikolaos that is Byzantine style with two bell towers and a dome.