Delphi & Osios Loukas Monastery
Enjoy this beautiful Delphi tours from Athens. This one day excursion to Delphi is one of the most famous sites of classical Greece. Located in a breathtaking landscape spreading out at the foot Mt. Parnassus.
It is a 229 miles (370 km) round trip from Athens. We'll arrive at Delphi at around noon after having taken a scenic drive through mountains and fertile valleys of olive trees and cotton fields and pass traditional towns such as Levadia and Arachova enjoying breathtaking views of the Greek countryside. Delphi was the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Was regarded as the center of the world. According to mythology its here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the novel of the world met.Between the 6th and 4th centuries bc the Delphic oracle became internationally known for the oracular powers of Pythia, the priestess who sat on a tripod,inhaled ethylene gasses ,and muttered incomprehensible words that foretold the future. Cities, rulers and ordinary individuals alike consulted the oracle, expressing their gratitude with great gifts and spreading its fame around the world.
You will visit the Temple of Apollo, the sacred way, the treasury house of Athenians and the Alter of Apollo. In the Museum of Delphi you will admire unique treasures such as the world famous bronze Charioteer a masterpiece of classical Greek art. After Delphi we drive through Arachova to Osios Loukas Monastery, set in the folds of Mt. Helikon .Founded in about 1011 AD.According to his biographer an(Anonymous monk) Osios Loukas was born at Kastri of Fokidas prefecture(Old town of Delphi).His Progenitors were from the island of Aegina.He was born at 896 AD. At the age of fourteen he abandoned his family and he started to wandering from one monastery to the other. At 945 AD eventually he moved here at this place until he died on 953 AD 7th of February .Two years after of his death few of his students completed the temple of St. Barbara. They converted his cell and his grave in it to a holy place. Hosios Loukas it's one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, and has been listed on UNESCO'S World Heritage sites, along with the monasteries of Nea Moni at Chios Island and Daphni in Attica.This octagonal Byzantine structure is in excellent condition containing many well preserved mosaics and paintings.After our visit to the monastery we take the same way back to Athens.
- Duration: 9-10 hours
- Persons: 1-4