ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF DELPHI, GREECE
As our tour bus moves to the parking lot of the site. This astonishing Sanctuary of Athena is the first place we see situated below the main road. This sanctuary was particularly important, as people coming to ask for an oracle would first offer a sacrifice to Athena, considered their guardian. It consisted of several altars, temples, two treasuries and the Tholos.
The Tholos is the circular building in the center of the Sanctuary. In 373 B.C. a large earthquake destroyed a large part of the sanctuary. It is attributed to the cult of heroes or deities of the underworld. Only three of the exterior columns have today been restored.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF DELPHI
Sure-footed mountain goats. What a wonderful sight.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF DELPHI TREASURES
In the coming blogs about this astonishing sanctuary, the best way to appreciate the beauty of Greek heritage, cultures and civilizations is to describe it the way it is. When travel is a privilege, my husband and I commit to explore endangered places. One day it’s here, tomorrow may be gone.
Behind me is The Athenian Treasury,its a reduced scale temple, designed to hold the multitude of Athenian offerings to the Delphi oracle. The building was constructed entirely of Parian marble.
Next: We drive up to upper central Greece. Along the slope of Mount Parnassus is the archaeological site and town of Delphi. Here lies the Sanctuary of Apollo and the site of the ancient Oracle.
Before I show you the ancient ruins, here is a photo of an artist’s illustration of this treasured place centuries ago. To the right is the statue of Apollo, the Temple of Apollo is in the center, the Treasuries are just below the temple and to the upper left is the Theater of Delphi.
This metope depicts Hercules arresting a Cretan bull showing a wild sense of action to the scene.
I asked myself, what is the importance of this piece? It was worth gazing at.
This metope depicts Hercules, on the right presenting Athena seated on a rock barefoot with two lifeless birds. See blog 11.A. Metope
My photos from this trip were uploaded and developed into original pictures. Then, my research starts …
A sculpture of the mythical god Atlas, on the right offering apples from the garden on Hesperides (nymphs).
You can’t browse. You just can’t skim. I used to do that, but travel is a privilege. It’s expensive, and it’s time away from my dogs. But I love every minute and euro of it. This trip was a Best Of Greece trip for 14 days inclusive of a cruise to the other Greek isles. My husband and I like the best of the best in travels.
Every step, exhibit and stare counts. I make it count. Better to have seen it once than to hear about it a million times.
Metope, another foreign word to me but I had to know. Here is an example of a metope which is a rectangular architectural element, sculpture or painted that fills the space between two vertical columns.
On blog 10.A. and 10.A.1., I’ve explained what a pediment is.
Here is a close-up to visitors of the west side where we find depictions of the abduction of the Lapith women (mythological, legendary women) by Centaurs, and has Apollo as its central figure. It shows movement of abducting … let your mind bring you to this world.
The east pediment were sculptures within the triangular frame usually above a horizontal or arch type of structure. Now that it’s clear, we have an understanding of the brilliant minds of architects in this era.
The photo is a close-up look and magnified for the museum’s visitors depicting the chariot race between Pelops and Oinomaos (mythical kings), and the central figure is of Zeus. A chariot race means movement so, let’s upload this race into our imagination.