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DelphiWhy Delphi in Greece is special
Delphi was one of the ancient world's most sacred sites. It was famous for its oracle. Today, Delphi is a remarkable complex of historical ruins.

The Oracle of Delphi
Widely renowned
The Oracle at Delphi was easily the foremost one in ancient Greece. Common folks and kings from distant lands traveled to the site to have their questions answered by the Greek god Apollo.

How it worked
The Oracle was a several-step process: Purposely vague
The answer (oracle) was often purposely ambiguous to minimize the chances of it being wrong. A famous example:

The reply to a king's "Should my country battle the Persians?" query was "A great kingdom will be destroyed." The monarch thought that the noun referred to his enemy the Persian kingdom - and so he went to war. It turned out it was his kingdom that was destroyed.

Top 5 Delphi archaeological sights to see
Don't miss
This Greek wonder has many interesting archaeological ruins for tourists to see. The top five are: Other Delphi tips and insights
Impressive settng
Delphi lies on a steep mountain slope with an arresting view of a valley and, in the distance, the Gulf of Corinth.

Closed by decree
The Oracle of Delphi was shut down in the 4th century AD by governmental decree because of its pagan rituals. The site was neglected and gradually buried by landslides and other natural causes.

Delphi was discovered in the late 19th century hidden under a working village, which was relocated so that excavations could begin.

The site has an outstanding onsite archaeological museum. Standout artworks include the Bronze Charioteer and the friezes of the Athenian and Siphnian Treasuries.

Ancient Greeks believed Delphi was the geographical center of the world. The exact spot was marked by the carved Omphalos stone, which is now on exhibit in the museum.

Oracle has different related meanings, which sometimes leads to confusion. The word can signify:

Getting there
You can visit it on a day trip from Athens, Greece. It's 2 to 3 hours away, depending on traffic conditions.

Location in Greece
Delphi Map
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