Temple of Apollo : Michelin's recommendations
The existing ruins are from a temple dating from the 4C BC; the previous building, the temple of the Alcmeonids (6C BC), which was partly financed by Croesus, has been destroyed in an earthquake. The outline of the 4C BC temple is clear; some of the column have been re-erected. It was a Doric building with a peristyle, 60m long by 23m wide, with 12m-high tufa columns faced with stucco. The portico, which housed a statue of Homer, was inscribed with precepts from the Greek Sages, such as 'Know thyself' and 'Nothing in excess', etc. The naós (sacred hall) in the centre of the temple was furnished with altars and statues; beyond was the crypt where the Pythia sat in a hollow area near the tomb of Dionysos. The views from here are magnificent. To the south the temple columns stand out against the backdrop of the Pleistos Valley. To the northwest rise the perfect contours of the theatre. North of the temple is the retaining wall, or Iskégaon (4 C BC), at the western end of which was found the famous Charioteer of Delphi, an extraordinary bronze statue. The rectangular base of a votive offering has preserved the dedicatory stone on the back wall on the left. The monument was built in around 315 BC by a certain Krateros, who is said to have saved the life of Alexander the Great during a lion hunt.
- Phone : 2265 082313
- Prices : 6 €
Opening hours :
- summer: 7.30am-7.15pm; rest of year: 8am-3pm