Sunset view of Athenian treasury at the ancient delphi site in Greece

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For the ancient Greeks, Delphi (from delphis, womb) marked the very centre of the world, a sacred space where human beings could communicate directly with the gods. To this day, the home of the all-seeing oracle retains a magical sense of standing apart, not least because the ancient site stands in beautifully preserved splendour on a pristine mountainside 750m east of (and out of sight of) the modern village.


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