Apollo Temple in Delphi, Greece
Delphi was an important ancient Greek religious sanctuary sacred to the god Apollo. Located on Mount Parnassos the temple was home to the famous oracle of Apollo which gave cryptic predictions and guidance to both city-states and individuals. Delphi was also home to the panhellenic Pythian Games. Delphi is one of the most famous monuments in Greece and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The site was first settled in Mycenaean times in the late Bronze Age (1500-1100BC) but took on its religious significance from around 800BC. The original name of the sanctuary was Pytho after the snake which Apollo was believed to have killed there. Delphi was also considered the centre of the world, for in Greek Mythology Zeus released two eagles, one to the east and another to the west, and Delphi was the point at which they met after encircling the world. This fact was represented by the omphalos (or navel), a dome-shaped stone which stood outside Apollo’s temple and which also marked the spot where Apollo killed the Python. There is not much to believe about the Oracle. The Oracle only predicted the disasters that were coming.