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Delphi (180 km north) ...
... Delphi was one of the most important sites in antiquity. It was at Delphi where two eagles met when set free by Zeus in order to find the "center or navel of the Earth" according to myth. It was once the most important point for travelers from all over the ancient world, who would come here to have their fortunes told or answers given to them by the oracle. As an offering of respect and thanks, the site was once literally covered with gold, jewels, and beautiful objects brought to the oracle.

Walk along the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo, where the Pythian priestess foretold the destiny of men. See the treasuries, the place of offerings, the Grand Temple of Apollo and the theater with its splendid acoustics. Then visit the Delphi Museum, which houses many of the treasures recovered from the site, including Omphalos, which marked the center of the world, and the famous Charioteer, one of the finest pieces surviving from the 5th century BC. The modern-day site was excavated in the late 1800s, and today is one of the most visited sites in Greece. It is about a 2½-hour drive from Athens or 1½ hours from Patras, and a must-see when visiting Greece and wanting to see more than just Athens or the islands.

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