Delphi - Kalampaka - Meteora 2 days
At the foot of Mount Parnassos, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which possessed the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was regarded as the centre of the world for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world. The history of Delphi begins in prehistory and in the myths of the ancient Greeks. In the beginning the site was sacred to Mother Earth and was guarded by the terrible serpent Python, who was later killed by Apollo. Apollo’s sanctuary was built here by Cretans who arrived at Kirrha, the port of Delphi, accompanied by the god in the form of a dolphin. This myth lived on in plays presented during the various Delphic festivals, such as the Septerion, the Delphinia, the Thargelia, the Theophania and, of course, the famous Pythia, which celebrated the death of Python and comprised musical and athletic competitions.
The Meteora are considered, second to Agios Oros, the greatest and longest standing monastic development from the time of the first Ascetic settlement up to today. From historical testimonies we conclude that the abbeys of Meteora were thirty in total. From these thirty abbeys, only six are in operation today. Most of these abbeys were founded in the 14th century.
The name Meteora is modern ans is not reported by ancient writers. The name was given by Agios Athanassios of the Meteorite, owner of the abbey of Metamorphosis of Savior (Grand Meteoro). In the middle of the 14th century, the monk Nile assembled the monks that lived isolated in caves around the skiti of Doypianis, thus establishing the monasticism of the Meteora.