Meet the magnificent Delphi!
If you want to travel through the beautiful ancient history of Greece, one of the most important things you have to do, is to visit Delphi, know as the center of the world in ancient Greece!
Delphi was the site of the most important oracle and worship site of God Apollo. An eternal flame burned in the inner hearth of Apollo's temple. The Greek cities extinguished their fires and brought a new one from the hearth of Greece at Delphi after defeating the Persian army in the battle of Plataea.
Pythia was the sybil of the oracle. She was chosen from Delphi's eldest women of blameless life. She sat on a tripod over a fissure in the earth chewing laurel leaves inhaling fumes. Pythia was entering a violent trance allowing Apollo to posses her spirit and talk through her. While in trance her raving was translated by the priests of the temple. People consulted the oracle for everything, from important to very personal matters. The oracle could not be consulted in winter because that was the time when Apollo was living among the Hyperboreans.
After many wars and barbarian raids, the site fell in decay and the local population was not enough to fill the required posts. Many emperors like Hadrian and the Flavian dynasty tried to restore Delphi, but after the removal of statues and riches by Constantine I caused it to decay. The Oracle continued until it was closed by Theodosius I in 395 AD. The site was abandoned for 100 years until Christians established the small village of Kastri in 600 AD.