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Archaeological Site of Delphi
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 6th cent.BC
Date of Inscription: 1987
Location: Europe, Greece, Region of Central Greece, Prefecture of Phokis
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Description: The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo was believed to have spoken, was the site of the omphalos (the 'navel of the world'). The site is harmoniously unified with the magnificent landscape and filled with sacred meaning. In the 6th century B.C. Delphi was undeniably the ancient Greek world’s religious centre and symbol of unity. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Delphi (Greek Δελφοί, [ðe̞lˈfi]) is an archaeological site and a modern town in Greece on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, most important oracle in the classical Greek world, and it was a major site for the worship of the god Apollo. His sacred precinct in Delphi was a Panhellenic sanctuary, where every four years athletes from all over the Greek world competed in the Pythian Games. Delphi was revered throughout the Greek world as the site of the omphalos stone, the centre of the earth and the universe. In the inner hestia ("hearth") of the Temple of Apollo, an eternal flame burned. After the battle of Plataea, the Greek cities extinguished their fires and brought new fire from the hearth of Greece, at Delphi; in the foundation stories of several Greek colonies, the founding colonists were first dedicated at Delphi. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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