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The home of the oracle has a spectacular site on the slopes of Mount Parnassos overlooking the Gulf of Corinth. It was started in Mycenaeanan times and developed in classical times, famed as the 'navel of the earth'. After the Acropolis in Athens, Delphi is the most visited archaeological site in Greece. It has an extraordinary site in a cleft in the mountains between Mount Parnassus the Gulf of Corinth. Since early times there was a Spring, sacred to the Earth Mother, Ge. It is now known as the Castalian Spring and local drivers continue to stop and fill their water-bottles. Mount Parnassus, from whence the spring arises, was sacred to Dionysos and the Maenads. In classical times the central feature of Delphi was the walled Sanctuary of Apollo (see reconstruction, by A Tournaire, 1902). It contained a Temple of Apollo, with an alter in front, a Sacred Way lined with Treasuries, and a Theatre. Outside the Sanctuary lay a Stadium, a village and a second Sanctuary, dedicated to Athena Pronaia. A sanctuary was a sacred precinct with, it might be said, something of the character of a nineteenth century European cemetery.

Delphi, Greece

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  • over 2 years by Anonymous 4 / 5

    About Delphi archaeological site. In the 1950's the site was landscaped with stone paths, terrace walls in order to prevent erosion and create a pleasant site for tourism. Olives, Pine and Cypress trees along with Oleanders were planted. The landscape architect (and architect) was Spyros Tsaoussis, a graduate Athens University of Architecture and of Cornell University. As a result of his contribution the site is pleasant experience as well as ecological endeavor to protect the historical and natural resources of the site. The museum on site was not by the same architect, it has been renovated over the years and has interesting collection.

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