Archaeological site and Greek town
Delphi is both an archaeological site and a modern city in Greece on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. In Greek mythology, Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in the classical Greek world, and a major site for the worship of the god Apollo after he slew the Python, a deity who lived there and protected the navel of the Earth.
|Gymnasium||Sanctuary of Apollo||Reconstruction||Temple of Athina|
|Delphi Theater||Cover Thesaurus Knidians||Delphi Theater||Reproduction Treasures|
|Reconstruction of Input Apollon Temple||Reconstruction of the temple||Temple of Athina||Representing the Sacred Way and treasures|
Above and left photos comes from the personal collection of Culture Minister of France Mr. Jean-Pierre Dalbera.
Edited collection of images: Giakoumatos Teresa, philologist.
The region of Parnassos in Central Greece, is one of extreme beauty, flourishing nature and one that needs to be explored to be fully appreciated. During the other seasons of the year, the mountain ranges of Parnassos are perfect for those who enjoy hiking and trekking, providing some delightful scenery and landscapes, as well as much sought after peace and tranquility.Mount Parnassos is the largest ski centre in Greece. It cannot compare with Alpine resorts, but what it lacks in facilities, it makes up in terms of annual snowfall due to its proximity to the sea.
|Arachova||Parnassos Ski Center||Parnassos Ski Center||Arachova|
Next to the famous Delphi ancient monuments, where tourists from all over the world come to visit, is located the modern Delphi Village. Village of Delphi as well as village of Arachova and other belong to prefecture of Fthiotida and prefecture of Fokida respectively. Although both of them are small villages with not that many inhabitants they are rather famous among Greeks.
Delphi today, it stills proves this title as it attracts many visitors from all over the world due to the historical remains and the beauty of the majestic view of the mountains and the sea underneath. The area is surrounded by ancient monuments and ruins of the oracle, the theater, the remains of the «treasures», the sacred spring Kastalia and the archaeological museum. Even if you are not the "museum" type, Delphi offers a broad spectrum of activities and wonderful modern facilities. Trekking, climbing, and nature walks are just a few of the many activities that you can enjoy. Delphi has a superb tourist infrastructure, with many restaurants and souvenir shops. Its hotels are both traditional and contemporary in style, and represent both the Greece of tradition and the Greece of 2005, a member of the European Community. You can discover this ancient and modern fascinating land, either using your own car, a rented vehicle, or the local buses.
During the winter season, the ski center on Mount Parnassos or Parnassus is a popular destination, with excellent ski and winter sport facilities. Fokida Prefecture stands in the center of Greece and at the south part it meets with the Corinthian Gulf. It is an almost entirely mountainous area with Mt. Giona reaching a height of 2,510 meters and the ending of the mountain chain Parnassos to the east, creating a heavenly place for hikers, mountaineers, skiers and all nature lovers.In the largest of the few valleys of Fokida, stands the town of Amphissa, the capital of the prefecture. A beautiful town, 200 km from Athens, among vast olive plantations with breathtaking views of Mt. Elatos. While Amphissa is situated in the vicinity of mountains, many other small towns have sprung out by the coast of Fokida.
Kaloskopi, Eptalofos, Eleon, Proph. Elias, Delphi, Arahova, Zemeno, Delphi Camping, Amfissa, Chrisso, St Georgios, Sergouni, Sernikaki, Itea, Kirra, Galaxidi.
Communities such as Galaxidi with a great cultural and historical importance offering to the visitor the traditional side of Fokida, with its picturesque little harbour, the characteristic regional architecture seen in old mansions and the navy museum exhibiting the old tradition of building ships and boats.A few km in the bay we meet Itea, the most important port in the area, presenting a high attraction for tourists with many beautiful beaches, such as Kirra and the majestic views of the green mountains meeting the waters of the Corinthian Gulf.
Other villages and small towns around Fokida is Aghia Efthimia, Eptalofos, Artotina, Gravia, Lidoriki, Desfina and Eratini. Fokida has much more to offer. A wide range of elements that reflect the years that have passed, creating a proud history without changing the charm of the genuine Greek tradition.