A Spiritual Stroll through Ancient Delphi

Though Greece empties out dramatically in October, packed tour buses still appear at famous places, and one tour bus is all it takes to turn a solitary and reflective stroll into a dreary trudge behind 50 other people.

But at Delphi we got lucky.

We arrived at the site just as the tail end of a group filed out. The group’s departure left us alone on the mountain, and for the next 45 minutes or so, Mark, Scout and I had the place to ourselves.

In the late-morning quiet, with no noise but the rustling of the pines, it was easy to feel why this sanctuary—perched in the shadows of Mount Parnassus—reigned for centuries as the spiritual center of the ancient Greece.

View from the Delphi sanctuary

 

The Polygonal Wall, named for the shape of the stones. The interlocking shapes kept the wall standing — without mortar — through earthquakes that leveled much of the rest of the sanctuary.

 

Look how tightly these stones fit together.

 

Detail from the inscriptions lining the wall

 

Temple of the Athenians, the best-preserved monument of ancient Delphi

 

It wouldn’t be Greek without an amphitheater…

 

Boning up on the history of Delphi

 

Rock of the Sybil (the Oracle)

 

Temple of Apollo

 

Stadium at the very top of the archaeological site

 

Temple of Artemis archeological site, farther down the mountain

 

Temple of Artemis

— Renee

 

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Technosyncratic October 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm

These are really beautiful photos!  I’ve always wanted to visit this site, but we still haven’t made it to Greece.  Soon….  🙂

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2 Renee October 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Thanks!

This is our first trip to Greece.

After reading stories about Delphi since childhood, visiting it was a real treat. And not having to share the space made for a beautiful visit.

Where are you planning to go after Berlin? Any plans, or is it up to the housesitting gods?

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3 Jenn October 27, 2011 at 7:36 am

So beautiful! That’s on my bucket list.

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4 Kirk October 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Great Photos!  I feel like I’m on vacation with you guys….  Tell Mark Hello

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5 Renee October 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Thanks, Kirk. Will do. 🙂

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6 joannbc November 18, 2011 at 12:18 am

Awesome pics!! 🙂

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7 Renee November 18, 2011 at 10:55 am

🙂

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