Located on the famous and beautiful Mount Parnassos, Delphi is an ancient Greek city known for its sacredness. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was famous for its priestess Pythia and the oracle. People from all over Greece visited the site to meet the priestess and receive prophetic advice.
The Oracle of Delphi is located in the Temple of Apollo. The unique landscape, atmosphere and historical significance of the site played a decisive role in Greece over the centuries until Roman times.
Let’s explore the mystical history of this land and find out why people such as politicians, leaders and peasants visited Delphi.
The Oracle of Delphi: The Center of the Ancient World
Is the Oracle of Delphi the center of the world? No, of course not. Nevertheless, this was a widespread belief in ancient times. The reason for this is the unique Omphalos, the “navel of the world”.
This stone, which was supposed to mark the center of the ancient world, was found in Delphi. According to mythology, the mighty Zeus sent out two eagles (the eagle is one of the symbols of Zeus) to find the center of the earth and they landed at Delphi. The sacred stone was decorated with carvings and wrapped in a bronze net.
Another very interesting clue to the significance of this site is that Delphi was a sanctuary and an oracle. The Temple of Apollo housed a woman named Pythia. Pythia was the ultimate prophetess not only for the common people, but also for politicians and leaders who played a crucial role in the mythology and history of Greece.