Gerofotis Guest House
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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Katakolon,Greece...gateway to Olympia:Olympia, the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games in 776 BCEi -where the ancient Greeks flocked every 4 years for more than a millennium to celebrate the sacred games dedicated to Zeus.
Delightful seaside town...the ship looks like it's parked right on the one main ...
... who was canonised for his healing and prophetic powers. The monastic complex has two churches, the interior if the larger is a glorious mix of marble and gold mosaics icons from the 16th century and lovely Byzantine frescos, the windows have coloured glass enclosed in ornate marble carving. St. Luke is buried in the church, his remains inside a glass coffin. The other church is 10th century, most if the frescos inside have ...
... begin. This compound is located on an earthquake fault line and Penny tells us that there has been small tremors occurring over the last 5 days. There was supposed to be one last night but we didn't feel anything.
After walking around the archeological site we move on to the nearby museum. In here we see a model and pictures of what the compound is thought to have looked like. We also get to see items that have been uncovered during the dig, including parts of ...
... was a private room to one side for the Pythia to make her prophecies. Before she made her prophecies, she chewed on bay leaves (the symbol of Apollo), which gave her a bit of a high; then, when it was time to make the prophecy, there were fumes released by the priests to add to her mysterious effect.
Every eight years, the Pythian games were held. Why eight years? Apollo allegedly spent eight years on an island, seeking out the Python, which ...
... br> Delphi is famous for its oracle - a place where people came for religious insights. Apparently people would react so strongly they would pass out and shake, re-affirming to the Greeks that this site has special properties.
I think it is one of the most beautiful places I ever been to and I can see why people thought it was the centre of the earth! What a contrast to the situation now in modern Greece?!