You will explore the amazing treasures of Delphi, while your child-friendly state-licensed guide will tell you stories and myths that will make the experience interesting for the kids.
After you have explored the site, the children will have the opportunity to feel like artists, as they will enjoy a unique painting workshop with a specialized artist.
Depending on your mood and interests, you can then either visit the historic Monastery of Hosios Loukas or enjoy a walk in the mountain town of Arachova for a refreshment or even lunch.
The Ancient Theater of Delphi
Built further up the slope of Mt. Parnassus from the Temple of Apollo, the Theater provides spectacular views of the entire sanctuary below and the valley beyond. Built in the 4th century BC of local limestone, it subsequently went through restorations and reformations, especially in 160-59 BC, but kept the basic structures of the stone seats, round-shaped stage and stone-paved orchestra. The theater hosted plays, poetry readings and musical contests during the festival of the Pythian Games, held every 4 years in honor of the god Apollo. It has 35 rows which can accommodate up to 5000 spectators. Today, it hosts ancient plays and other cultural events, mainly in the summer.
The Temple of Apollo at Delphi
Delphi was a sanctuary sacred to the god Apollo and his Temple is located midway up on the southern slopes of Mt. Parnassus. According to Greek mythology, the site of the temple was the point where 2 eagles placed by Zeus at opposite ends of the earth met. The temple dates back to the 4th century BC and was erected on the ruins of older temples dedicated to Apollo, whose cult was brought to Delphi from Knossos, Crete. Inside the temple was the adyton or inner shrine of the oracle where the Pythia or High Priestess gave cryptic predictions. ‘Know Thyself’, one of the Delphic maxims or sayings attributed to the god through the oracle is carved into the temple. Only 6 Doric columns of the temple and the multi-layered platform of dressed stones remain today to remind us that the site was once considered to be the “Omphalos” or navel of the earth.
The Archeological Museum of Delphi
Located next to the site at Delphi, the Museum houses extensive artefacts excavated at the Delphi sanctuary, and is considered one of the top museums of Greece. The exhibits were originally displayed in a museum built on site in 1903, but due to shortage of space, a new museum was built and inaugurated in 1939 and renovated to accommodate the collections arranged chronologically in 14 rooms on 2 levels. The highlights of the exhibits include the famous life-sized bronze statue of the Charioteer of Delphi, the 2 meter tall Sphinx of Naxos which once stood atop a 10 meter column next to the Temple of Apollo, temple and treasury pediments and friezes and statues. The exhibits cover over a 1000 years from the Mycenaean era to the Greco-Roman period.
The Polygonal Wall of Delphi
The Polygonal Wall was built in the 2nd half of the 6th century BC and supports the terrace on which the Temple of Apollo stands. It was constructed in polygonal masonry using irregular interlocking blocks of stone with curved joints, and its length today is 2 meters short of the original 90 meters. The Wall was covered with more than 800 inscriptions relating to the liberation of slaves in the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC., emphasizing the custom of dedicating the slaves’ freedom to the god Apollo. The southern side of the Wall forms the north wall of the portico of the Stoa of the Athenians.
The Treasury of the Athenians at Delphi
Located directly below the Temple of Apollo, the marble Treasury was constructed by the Athenians to house the dedications and votive offerings of the city to the sanctuary of Apollo. It was built at the beginning of the 5th century BC in a period that saw the founding of Athenian democracy and the Greek victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon. It provided the Athenians the means by which they displayed their civic pride, prosperity and military success to not only others but to the gods themselves, proving they were deserving of their favor. The Treasury had Doric friezes decorated with 30 metopes and its walls were inscribed with texts and hymns to Apollo.
Notes & Clarifications
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