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Theatre of Delphi

The 35 rows of this ancient theatre can seat 5,000, and offer spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding ruins and valley below.

TravelCurious Tip

There are still plays and recitals held here from time to time, particularly in the summer – ask your guide to check the upcoming schedule of events.

Further up the hill from the Temple of Apollo lies the spectacularly-located Delphi theatre. Sitting in one of the 35 rows of seats, you are treated to a stunning view looking down on other areas of the archaeological site, and towards the rest of the valley below.


Improvements on Improvements

It is presumed by ancient historians that there was a more rudimentary wooden-seated theatre existing on this site prior to the structure we can see today. However, nothing remains of this, and the current theatre was built in the 4th century BC to host Delphi’s various theatrical and musical events. By 159 BC, its condition had deteroriated to the extent that Eumenes II of Pergamon made the decision to fully renovate the theatre. It was during these renovations that the lower rows of limestone benches were constructed, bringing the total seating capacity up to an impressive 5,000.


A Glimpse of the Past

Today most of the intricate stonework has been destroyed, stolen or removed to other locations. One particularly fine example is an exquisite frieze of the Labours of Herakles which once adorned the front of the stage, and can now be seen on display in the Delphi Museum. As a result of these removals, the theatre does feel rather stripped of ornamentation when compared to certain other surviving Greek theatres. However, the experience of taking a seat in this broad auditorium and imagining a 2,000 year-old capacity crowd around you is evocative to say the least, and leaves a lasting impression on many visitors to Delphi theatre.


Nearby Attractions

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Monastiraki Square
Once the site of the largest monastery in Athens, this square is now one of the major shopping districts in the city.
Areopagus Hill
Also known as the Rock of Ares, this outcrop is famed as the location of Paul's sermon to the Athenians.
Delphi
Greece's most important archaeological site after the Acropolis, Delphi was the religious centre of the ancient world.
Delphi Museum
The museum shelters numerous wonderful artefacts unearthed during excavations at the home of the Oracle, including the famous Charioteer of Delphi.
Temple of Apollo, Delphi
Central among the Delphi ruins, the temple's imposing columns lie on the southern slopes of Parnassos mountain.
Athens Central Market
This modern agora is a vibrant, hectic burst of life in Athens' market district.

Related Tours

Private Excursion to Delphi inc Transport & Tickets
No trip to Greece is complete until you have explored the beautiful and serene enclave of Delphi.

  • Journey to the mythological centre of Ancient Greece, the numinous Delphi 
  • Discover famous monuments such as the Temple of ApolloAmpitheatre, and the Sanctuary of Athena Pronea 
  • Seek advice at the Oracle 
  • Learn the myths, traditions, and legends of Ancient Greece 
  • Snap pictures of the breathtaking landscape of Parnassos mountain 
  • Explore the archaeological wonders of the Delphi museum, including the famed Charioteer of Delphi
  • Stop for lunch in the Arachova, where your guide will recommend a great Greek lunch (price not included in tour)
  • Enjoy a peaceful drive back to your hotel, along the Saronic coast
In Search of the Oracle

Journey to the mythological centre of Ancient Greece, ‘the navel of the world’, in this one day tour to the archeological site of Delphi. Dating as far back as the 6th Century BC, Delphi was thought to be the point at which heaven and earth met – it was here that man could get closest to God. The sanctuary of Delphi was also famed throughout the classical world as home to the Oracle: a priestess who channeled the spirit of Apollo, answering questions on anything from domestic squabbles to matters of war. Everyone from foreign dignitaries to common peasants would make the pilgrimage from Athens to Delphi to seek the Oracle’s advice. During your spectacular day tour, you will follow in their footsteps. 

Mighty Apollo

After being picked up from your hotel in your private air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll begin the scenic 180 km drive through mountains and fertile valleys of cotton fields and olive groves, enjoying sensational views of the Greek countryside. Upon arriving in Delphi you’ll enter the UNESCO world heritage site, to explore these stunning ruins with your knowledgeable local guide. 

Discover famous monuments such as the imposing Temple of Apollo, the incredibly well-preserved Amphitheatre and the Sanctuary of Athena Pronea, whose graceful circular structure is the most recognisable of all Delphi’s ruins. Hear how these structures were used in the Classical age, as you take in the breathtaking landscape of Parnassos mountain.

Exploring the Saronic Coast

Your tour will continue inside the Delphi museum, where you’ll come face to face with the piercing gaze of the famed Charioteer of Delphi, and other archaeological wonders. After stopping for lunch in the picturesque village of Arachova, carved into a hillside along the Saronic coast, your day will finish with a peaceful drive back to Athens.   
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