“Omphalos”, the novel of the ancient world
Situated in continental Greece on Mount Parnassus, Delphi was considered to be one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. It was believed to be home to the goddess Gaia, or Earth, and later to Apollo after slaying Gaia’s son, the snake Python. The Pythian games—similar to the Olympic Games—were held here every four years to honour Apollo’s slaying of the Python dragon.
Delphi was once considered the centre of the world, because the eagles of the East and West were said to meet here, and became a famous Greek centre during the 7th century BC. An omphalos (navel) was a powerful symbolic artifact made from stone and it was believed to allow direct communication with the gods. Delphi were considered the ‘navel of the world’, the central point from which terrestrial life originated.
The site is completed with a theatre, gymnasium, stadium, and hippodrome—where treasures from all over Greece were said to be kept. However, the Oracle was the most eminent feature of Delphi, and some of the most important people from all over Greece—including demigods, according to Greek mythology—visited her to seek advice.
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Built at the base of mount Parnassos, surrounded by an imposing natural landscape, we find the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the female deity of Earth was first worshiped, and then god Apollo and Athena Pronaia. In the same place where altars, shrines, sports facilities such as the stadium and the most famous oracle of ancient Greece found. Delphi, a cultural heritage monument since 1987, has been a major political, cultural and religious center, in other words a symbol of the unity of ancient Hellenism over many centuries. It is the next destination of the YouGoCulture platform, which will be developed through participatory funding, supported by the Act4Greece crowdfunding initiative by the National Bank of Greece.
Totally intimate with mythology, Delphi was regarded as the center of the world, as it is believed thatthe two eagles that Zeus sent out from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world, finally met there. The most reliable oracles are expressed by Pythia, the hieria of the oracle and interpreted by Apollo's priests. Cities or individuals rushed to consult Pythia and expressed their gratitude with splendid edifices. The aura of the archaeological site is so powerful that the visitor rightly feels like being carried back many years.
Along with the historicity of the site, the visitor can use it as a base for nearby excursions to unique destinations. The natural environment, the wild nature and the traditional identity of the surrounding villages will automatically transfer you to an idyllic atmosphere. Livadia, Arachova, Galaxidi, Itea and the whole Sterea (south-central Greece), combine all aspects of modern Greece to make our trip exciting.