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A visit to Delphi - the center of the ancient world

"Delphi...the heart rises as the road rises and as the great scarps of mountains rise on either side; the air becomes chill. Finally, round the last corner, there she is in her eyrie like a golden eagle, her claws clamped around the blood-coloured rock which falls away with vertiginous certainty to the dry bed of the Pleistos." wrote Lawrence Durrell in The Spirit of Place which perfectly describes the day we visited Delphi.

"Delphi...the heart rises as the road rises and as the great scarps of mountains rise on either side; the air becomes chill. Finally, round the last corner, there she is in her eyrie like a golden eagle, her claws clamped around the blood-coloured rock which falls away with vertiginous certainty to the dry bed of the Pleistos." wrote Lawrence Durrell in The Spirit of Place which perfectly describes the day we visited Delphi.

The remains of the Athenian Stoa are in the foreground with the Temple of Apollo (circa 510 BC) seen further up the mountain.

Looking up the mountain to the Temple of Apollo

Looking up the mountain to the Temple of Apollo

The Treasury of the Athenians, circa 510 BC. The Oracle Pythia only was available for consultations a few days a year, therefore, wealthy visitors brought gifts such as this bronze statue to get easier access.

The Treasury of the Athenians, circa 510 BC. The Oracle Pythia only was available for consultations a few days a year, therefore, wealthy visitors brought gifts such as this bronze statue to get easier access.

Ionic column

Ionic column

Looking at the Treasury of the Athenians from the Athenian Stoa

Looking at the Treasury of the Athenians from the Athenian Stoa

The Greeks used ramps and the Romans used stairs.

The Greeks used ramps and the Romans used stairs.

The Temple of Apollo

The Temple of Apollo

Looking down on the plan of the Temple of Apollo

Looking down on the plan of the Temple of Apollo

The Theatre at Delphi could seat 5000.

The Theatre at Delphi could seat 5000.

The stadium where they staged the Pythiam games

The stadium where they staged the Pythiam games