Delphi – The Ancient Capital of Greece (A Short Recap)

A couple weeks back, the study abroad students went on a group trip to Delphi. Delphi is considered the most historical part of Greece because of it’s many excavations and temples that were said to belong to Apollo. 

The trip to Delphi took about two hours but for those of you who are used to driving through cornfields, this journey was much different. It looked a little bit like this…

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The tour we embarked on was a step back into history while we wondered through rooms containing stone that is older than the ancient language written on it. We traced through the centuries with sculptures of humans through the eras. 

Many of the sculptures resembled Egyptian art because of the regions’ close proximity. As the years passed though, the sculptures started to look more and more realistic. 

This site dates back to 4th century B.C and was once said to be home to an oracle. Back in ancient Greece, people would build shrines and make sacrifices to oracles in order to know what the future held. The Oracle of Delphi happened to be one of the most famous in Ancient Greece.

A Little Story About Some of the Artifacts 

In the early 20th century, some college archaeologist students were digging at Delphi and came across a loose stone in the ground. Defying the rules of their supervisors, they wiggled the stone loose and reached in. There they discovered pieces of ancient sculptures, some made of gold. When the teams placed them together they seemed to be a tribute to Apollo, the sun of Zeus and the God of the sun. 

We then hiked up the mountain sides and got to see by far, the best mountain views. For anyone that really knows me, they know I have a HUGE thing for mountains. Needless to say, It was a sight for sore eyes. 

What’s Next?

LOOK OUT! A mini series is coming your way this week. I will have three small blogs about a weekend I adventured through eastern Europe. I’ll be exploring with you…

Budapest, Hungary

Vienna, Austria

Prague, Czech Republic

Stay Tuned!

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