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Central Greece | Fokida | Delphi Town

Delphi Archaeological Site

Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was indeed the religious center and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the omphalos, the 'navel of the world'. The magnitude of the Delphi contribution to all of ancient civilization cannot be overstated.

The Archaeological Site of Dephi was first excavated in 1838 by the French architect Laurent. Major excavations started in 1860, by the German Archaeological Society. In 1891, the importance of the finds this far made the relocation of the village of Kastri, which was built precisely on top of the ancient oracle, neccessary and the village was rebuilt at its present location (and renamed to Modern Delphi), a couple of hundreds of meters (yards) away.

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Delphi Archaeological Site: Why this Album?

This Album on the Archaeological Site of the Oracle in Delphi is a work of love and dedication. We have not made any compromises in our effort to provide the international community and the people who love Greece and its Culture, Greek and foreigners alike, with a descriptive and accurate approach to the Delphi Archaeological Site monuments.

In this effort we were governed, from A to Z, by a deep and loving respect for our cultural heritage. We declare that this project of ours is thoroughly non-profit oriented; it has taken too long and demanded too many resources, human and financial, for it to comply with any market principles! The only "profit" these cultural pages are intended to produce is to inform and solicit the international traveler's deeper understanding of the historical, cultural and artistic value of these archaeological treasures and thus increase, on the basis of their high ranking, the number of visitors to Delphi and the Archaeological Site of the Apollo Oracle.

We feel deeply saddened when visitors visit Greece without making a well-deserved pilgrimage to Delphi and its Archaeological Site, considering that it belongs to the most important Archaeological Sites in Greece and, possibly, in the world; that we have somehow failed to inform them on the immeasurable importance of the exhibits and on the grave deficit on their behalf should they fail to experience at least one visit to these revered cultural treasures. We do not share the opinion that such efforts should only be undertaken by the Ministry of Culture and relevant authorities; instead, we believe that all citizens should actively participate in this endeavor, and that visitors to these sites will be all the more richer for it.

We, therefore, deliver this collection of photos and texts to travelers, college students, high school students and anyone interested in studying the Greek Cultural Tradition, including students at schools in all levels. This collection may, in the hands of inspired teachers, become a superb teaching tool with which to address the sensitive and inquisitive child's mind!

We declare that the copyright of these photos, although taken by us, and accompanying texts lies with the Greek Ministry of Culture, as a representative of the Greek Nation, part of the cultural tradition of which are the monuments shown in the photos depicted, and the researchers/scientists who have been in charge of the restauration and/or exhibition work.

Best Regards

The Windmills Travel Department of Culture

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