The history of Delphi begins in prehistory and in the myths of the ancient Greeks. In the beginning, the site was sacred to Mother Earth and was guarded by the terrible serpent Python, who was later killed by Apollo. Apollo's sanctuary was built here by Cretans who arrived at Kirrha, the port of Delphi, accompanied by the god in the form of a dolphin. This myth survived in plays presented during the various Delphic festivals, such as the Septerion, the Delphinia, the Thargelia, the Theophania, and, of course. the famous Pythia, which celebrated the death of Python and comprised musical and athletic competitions.
The most impressive cave in Delphi and the Parnassos area unfolds its secrets. Pan’s Cave or Corycian Cave, at an altitude of 1.360 m. at the southwest part of Parnassos, above the town of Delphi, within a beautiful forest with fir trees and a great view, was dedicated to the God Pana and the Corycian Nymphs. It has a global reputation, not only for its natural beauty but also for the magic created by the ancient myth, where according to Aeschylus the cave was a place that was visited by divine spirits. Pierre Amandry explored the cave in 1970, brought into the cold light findings from the Neolithic era, and pieces of evidence that prove that the area was a place of worship of the ancient gods. After a wonderful route, the visitor will find himself at the cave to admire the natural sculptures that have been created by the stalactites and the stalagmites.
Bring sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and comfortable clothes during summer months & warm clothes, waterproof jacket during winter months. Trekking footwear is highly recommended. Walking poles are suggested (not required). Have your e-ticket with you & your ID/PASSPORT (or copy).
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