This majestic archeological complex, dedicated to the god Apollo, is located just 2 hours from Athens at the foot of Mount Parnassos. Ancient Greeks regarded the Delphi as the center of the world. According to mythology, the sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious center and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world.
Between the 6th and 4th centuries, Delphi was home to the priestess Pythia, where ancient Greeks sought advice about important decisions and were regarded as the most trustworthy oracle and she was believed to have successfully predicted events related to the cataclysm of Deucalion, the Argonaut’s expedition and the Trojan War.
Archaeological research in Delphi began in 1860 by Germans. n 1891, the Greek government granted the French School at Athens permission for long-term excavations on the site. It is then that the village of Kastri was removed to allow for the so-called “Great Excavation’ to take place. The Great Excavation uncovered spectacular remains, including about three thousand inscriptions of great importance for our knowledge of public life in ancient Greece. Today, the Greek Archaeological Service and the French School at Athens continue to research, excavate and conserve the Delphic sanctuaries. All the findings discovered during the “Great Excavation” can be admired in the Delphi Museum.