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See the ancient wonders hidden in Delphi

May 31, 2011 - 2:27am
Those who like to travel know that UNESCO's World Heritage List is a fantastic guide to finding some of the most important attractions around the world. Those who are heading on a Mediterranean cruise to Greece should visit Delphi, which was added to the extensive list in 1987.

The archaeological site also doubles as a modern town, giving travelers an interesting collection of things to see and do while on their tour of the country. Those who are interested in Greek mythology may recognize Delphi as being the home of the Delphic oracle Pythia, a prophetic priestess at the Temple of Apollo.

This temple stands in ruins in current times, but was once a significant building in the 4th century B.C. It has seen many incidents of destruction, but much remains after suffering from fires and earthquakes over the years.

Visitors should also make sure to see Delphi's athletic statues, including those of Kleobis and Biton. The brothers were known for their brute strength - in lieu of oxen, they allegedly pulled their mother's cart many miles to the Sanctuary of Hera.

Other attractions that vacationers should check out include the polygonal wall, the Altar of the Chians, the hippodrome, the Castalian spring and the Sibyl rock.