Set in the picturesque, deeply situated in the hillside of Mount Parnassus, Delphi is where over 2,000 years ago, the Greeks sought spiritual advice from the god Apollo, who they believed spoke to them through an oracle.
Delphi was home to the Amphictyonic League and was also the location of the Pythian Games. Two eagles dispatched by Zeus from opposite sides of the Earth had met at the foot of Mount Parnassus in Delphi, thus creating the naval,‘Omphalos’ or ‘center of the earth’. It was hoped that the priestess attendant at the site, Pythia, would impart the will of God, which she expressed through her ‘raging mouth’, in ecstasy.
This idyllic location, which includes the holy temple of Athena Pronaia, has retained its mystique right up to the present day.
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