S/V Banjo - Waltzing Round the Med

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Navel of the World

25 June 2014 | Delphi
Jane
I'm not a great one for traipsing around ancient ruins but even I could not go past Delphi a third time! One of Unesco's World Heritage Sites, it sits on the slopes of Mt Parnasus overlooking the Gulf of Corinth and is a major tourist attraction for the area. According to ancient Greek mythology, Zeus wanted to know where the centre of the Earth was so released two eagles at each end of the world. They crossed at Delphi and, from around the 8th c BC, this site became hugely important. Apollo built his sanctuary there and pilgrims flocked to hear prophecies from his middle-aged, female oracle. Many other Gods were worshipped here until AD 394 when Constantine the Great established Christianity as the official religion of the Empire and closed all the sanctuaries.

We got the early bus up so had a chance to have a good wander round before the coaches arrived. It really is an amazing place with so many stories attached that ring vague bells from my English Literature O level days. I won't copy reams of information out of the guide book for you to plough through but here's a few photos to give you a flavour.



This is a copy of the omphalos that symbolised the centre or navel of the earth and was the grave marker for the python that God killed in order to receive the oracle. There is another inside the museum from Roman times.


The markings on it symbolise the woollen net that originally wrapped the sacred stone.


The Temple of Apollo



The amphitheatre.



The Bronze Charioteer created in the 5th c BC.

The statue at the top is Antinoos, a beautiful Greek youth that became one of Hadrian's favourites. He died young and Hadrian made him a God and founded a cult to worship him.




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Vessel Name: Banjo
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour 32
Hailing Port: Sydney
Crew: Andy Doughty/Jane Jarratt
About:
We are Brits but moved to Australia in 2007 and became True Blue Australians in 2014! We bought our first boat, Drimia, in St Maarten in the Caribbean back in 2009 and sailed her back to Australia over nearly a year. [...]
Extra: 17/02/15 In September 2014, illness made us give up our trip and go back to the UK for treatment. Andy has myeloma and had to have chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. He is now in remission.
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