The more I grow up, the more I get to adore and admire Greece’s countless beauties. Though there are many landmarks I have visited in my childhood and I’m familiar with, I often realise that over the years, I have lost track of the exact details and images. I have grown a nostalgia for rediscovering my country and legacy, ultimately believing that through such expeditions, I get to rediscover parts of myself, too. And so in this spirit, on a cloudy and mystical day, my girlfriends and I visited, once again, the famous ancient sanctuary of Delphi!
This breathtaking archaeological site, occupying the south-western slope of Mount Parnassus and overlooking the coastal plain to the south and the valley of Phocis, is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in having had a phenomenal influence on the Ancient world. It was regarded as the navel (or centre) of the world by the Greeks, as represented by the Omphalos. This is also where Pythia, the infamous High Priestess of the temple of Apollo and the ancient Greek Oracle, was found and consulted on important decisions throughout the ancient classical world.
We felt fortunate to have Penny as our guide, who was very passionate and had a great sense of humour, making our tour of the Delphi even more enjoyable! One of her remarks that struck me the most and I wrote to quote was: “If what all religions have in common is Light, Ancient Greek Philosophy is the rainbow. The same light from different spectrums of analysis, results in iridescents.”
*This is Penny’s contact: +30 6944644427, you can book a tour with her in English, German or Greek.
Navel stone – Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum
Photo credits: theFMartini