Athens 2015 Day 2

This was my first time in Delphi in 23 years, so I was looking forward to it, especially after our coach driver spoke about it in hushed tones, invoking its magical atmosphere and the spirits that still dwell there after all these years.

On our walk up the site, passing treasuries, a temple, theatre and finally the stadium, it became quite clear why. The smells, sights and inspiring feeling of the place live on.

So to some pictures. Firstly the tholos, in the sanctuary of Athena, where those hoping to ask a question of the oracle had to stay before venturing up the hill…
It is said  requirement to stay here enabled the attendants to listen to people’s drunken conversations and work out what answer they wanted to hear…

Next, into the site itself, and first, the treasury of the Athenians. 
Then on to the Temple of Apollo… 

We kept on winding our way up, in the warm sunshine, and got to the impressive theatre, and finally to the stadium, restored and rebuilt by Herodes Atticus in the 2nd century AD.  

Finally, the museum, which had amongst its highlights the charioteer. 

An incredible morning, in one of the most amazing classical sites I’ve ever visited. Next, on to the Corinth Canal, and thence to Tolo.
 

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