By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises
Itea is on the mainland of Greece, at its southern flank on the Gulf of Corinth. There’s not all that much to the place, just a few taverns and cafés and a few gift shops.
There’s a little beach in town; as is the case most everywhere, the better beaches are away from the harbor.
THE VILLAGE OF ITEA
Pleasant enough, but that’s not the reason we’re here.
Just east of Itea is Kirra, which was the ancient port of Delphi. And 15 kilometers, or 10 miles northeast are the partly restored ruins of Delphi itself on the southwestern section of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis.
It was here that Apollo slew the Python, a dragon who lived there and protected the navel of the Earth.
This was also the site of the Oracle of Delphi, the most important of the classical Greek world. An oracle was a person—or sometimes a group of people, or a place—considered to be a source of wise counsel or prophecy.
Oracles were considered portals through which the gods spoke directly to people. This is different from a “seer”, someone believed to be able to interpret messages sent by the gods through bird signs, animal entrails, and other methods.
A DELPHI ALBUM
HOSIOS LOUKAS MONASTERY
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