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Temple of Apollo highlights the ruins of Delphi

August 22, 2011 - 2:26am
Temple of Apollo highlights the ruins of Delphi
Few countries are known more for their history than Greece. While it offers visitors a temperate climate the whole year, most vacationers looking for affordable European tours are drawn to the Aegean archipelago due to its famous ancient history, much of which is still on display. One archaeological must-see is Delphi, which is often regarded as one of the most important places in Greek mythology.

Although there are a number of ruins to explore in the area, the Temple of Apollo stands above the rest. For starters, the site is important in terms of historical significance because it was there that Greeks believe Apollo slew the Python.

The first temple built in his honor was constructed in the 6th century B.C., and several structures from its rebuilding 200 years later still remain, most notably a series of columns outlining the outer edge.

In addition to the Temple of Apollo, Delphi is home to an impressive mountaintop stadium. Built in the 5th century B.C. as a place for residents to watch the Pythian Games, the stadium could hold as many as 6,500 people.