Historical museums and archaeological sites

  • The Temple of Apollo is the most central and significant ancient building in the sanctuary of Delphi. It is the site of the famous Oracle where people from many parts of the ancient world would come to have their fortunes told by the priestess Pythia.
  • With a visit to the renowned Archaeological Museum of Delphi you’ll learn all about the history of the Delphic sanctuary, home to the most famous ancient Greek Oracle. The museum features architectural sculptures, some minor objects donated to the sanctuary, and many well-known statues such as the Charioteer of Delphi, Artemis, and Apollo. You’ll also find remarkable pieces of art from prehistoric to late Byzantine times.
  • Visit the Ancient Stadium of Delphi, a place of great religious and cultural significance which was used extensively during the Pythian Games for athletic events and music festivals. It is known for being one of the most well preserved stadiums in all of Greece.
  • The Ancient Theatre of Delphi is located further up the hill from the Temple of Apollo, and it offers a spectacular view from the seated audience. Built out of local Parnassus limestone it has gone through many reformations but it has kept its basic structures, the stone seats, a round-shaped stage, and an orchestra. Today it hosts many ancient plays and other cultural events, mostly in the summertime.
  • Visit the Temple of Athena Pronaia, as well as an additional group of archaic buildings in the sanctuary containing temples, treasuries, and monuments such as the famous Tholos of Delphi. The sanctuary is dedicated to the goddess Athena and it originally acted as the gateway to Delphi.
  • The Tholos of Delphi is a circular temple situated amongst the ancient ruins of the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia and constructed with twenty Doric columns. It is a fine example of classical architecture and a part of the Delphi UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Castalian Spring in Delphi can be found close to the famous Oracle and holds great historical and mythological significance. It is considered to have cleansing waters with which visitors from the ancient world would drink and wash themselves to cleanse their souls. According to mythology, this spring is also the site where Apollo killed the monster Python.
  • See the Athenian Treasury, a well-preserved building constructed by the Athenians and dedicated to the sanctuary of Apollo for their victory at the Battle of Marathon.
  • The Ancient Gymnasium of Delphi, situated between the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia and the Castalian Spring, is one of the most complete examples of an ancient gymnasium complex. It consists of the gymnasium, the xystus and the palaestra, and some additional buildings such as the baths and the changing rooms. Originally it was used for athletes to train but during the Hellenistic period it also became a center for intellectual and cultural events.