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Temple of Apollo, Delphi

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Walk among the World Heritage-listed remains of Temple of Apollo, a Doric temple dedicated to the great Greek god of music, sun, and poetry. First built around the 7th century BCE, the temple was subsequently destroyed and reconstructed multiple times. Some ruins of the once-great, six-columned, fifteen-sided temple still stand and have been partially restored. Enjoy panoramic views of Mount Parnassus from here. Be sure to wear comfortable footwear; it's quite a walk to reach the temple, which is part of a greater cluster of archeological sites. By using our Delphi vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Temple of Apollo and other attractions in Delphi.
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Despite its popularity with tourists, Delphi offers plenty of affordable hotel lodgings even at peak season, though you must book early if you want a room with a view of the Gulf of Corinth. Travelers looking for budget-friendly options can try one of the area's inns, where friendly service and easy access to good shops and restaurants compensate for a lack of modern amenities. Alternatively, visit Delphi's ancient sites from one of the boutique hotels clinging to the slopes of nearby Mount Parnassus.
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  • The temple today is not too spectacular as ruins go. I looked at it and it inspired me to wish I could have seen it in its heyday. The whole site for that matter. Delphi and the oracle was unique even...  more »
  • Greats views. Lots to see. the view gets better and better as you go up. Lovely place. Fascinating how it was built up a mountain in those days !  more »
  • Whilst the main attraction, the thorougly impressive Temple of Apollon is part of a huge archaeological site which has 'World Heritage Status'. This was a highlight of my holiday, the location and sce...  more »
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  • Incredible to be in a place of so much history! We really enjoyed the Temple of Apollo. Its hot, even in April, so plan for warm weather and bring water! Its quite an amazing experience to be in a place with so much history. It was quite busy with tour groups, but it was interesting to overhear some of the information that the tour guides were providing. Definitely worth seeing!
  • The Temple of Apollo in Delphi was first built around the 7th century BC and was rebuilt a few times due to fire and earthquake. The temple survived until AD 390, when the Roman emperor Theodosius I destroyed the temple and most of the statues and works of art in the name of Christianity. The temple housed the Oracle of Delphi who would provide answers or prophecies to those who visited on the seventh day of each month. The Oracle would breathe in the fumes emanating from a fissure in the earth and fall into a trance like state. This temple held significant importance in the ancient world and is a must see for anyone interested in Greek history.
  • The remains of the third construction of Apollo's temple are what remain at Delphi. War, barbarians and earthquakes made the temple's existence a tenuous one. It would be hard to understate the importance of the Delphic Oracle to ancient Greek history. The priestess and priests of Pythia answered questions from governments and leaders. Their answers influenced policy decisions, caused and prevented wars and frequently changed the course of history. Along with its associated buildings and facilities the temple is well worth seeing in its beautiful setting on Mount Parnassus.
  • The polygonal wall blows my mind. Make sure you do the sore before the museum, it's gives much better context
  • Magnificent temple in a wonderful lanscape. There is so much history concentrated at this place.