Starting from Athens in the morning ,drive
through the fertile plain of Beotia, crossing
the town of Thebes connected with the tragedy
of king Oedipus. Proceed to Levadia, a lively
town, an important junction in the road
network and an industrial centre, the textile
mills treat the cotton grown in the Copais
The upper town is graced by white
houses with jutting wooden balconies
dating from 18c. We'll stop
for a drink by the beautiful river
Krya. Over the spot where
the water springs out, lies the
Municipal Cafe " XENIA".
During the ancient times, Krya is
said to be the location of the Oracle
of Trofonios Zeus which included
the springs of Mnemosyne
(Remembrance) and the spring of
(oblivion). The oracle was used
as a stage before visiting the oracle
of Delphi and as such, through the
times, it acquired great power and
in Delphi or Arachova (Hotel with
a swimming pool ) one of the most
traditional villages in Greece.
A winter resort for skiers, built
on the south slopes of Parnassus
(940m/3084ft). The main narrow street
winds its way between taverns and
workshops. In the taverns one can
savour a dish of soft fried cheese
(formaela). The workshops sell shoulder
bags, carpets and long haired rugs
(flokati) in bright colours.
Further sightseeing of Delphi, visit
Castalia Spring and the Sanctuary
of Athena Pronaea. Return to Athens
from the east side of Mount Parnassus,
through small mountain villages
and the ancient town of Chaeroneia,
(where in 338 BC the battle took
place between the southern Greek
cities and King of Greek Macedonians
Phillip, in which Alexander then
18 years of age, was making his
debut in battle) short stop at the
lion's monument, 24 feet high.
Visit the impressive The Corycian Cave is located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in Greece.
In the mythology of the area, it is named after the nymph Corycia; however, its name etymologically derives from korykos.
This cave was sacred to the Corycian Nymphs and the Muses, and a place of worship for Pan. Corykian Cave entrance 2 m wide but dimesions are
66 m long, 30 m wide and 15 m high.
Strabo, in his Geography, writes: The
whole of Parnassos Mountain in Phokis is
esteemed as sacred to Apollon, since it
has caves and other places that are held
in honor and deemed holy. Of these the
best known and most beautiful is
Korykion, a cave of the Nymphai. An
excavation by French archaeologists in
1969 produced a plethora of objects of
antiquity including a rare Neolithic
male figurine, Mycenean shards, bone
flutes, iron and bronze rings, miniature
bronze statues, 50,000 terracotta
figurines from the classical period and
24,000 astragoloi, or "knucklebones"
(used for astragolomancy, or "prophecy
by knucklebones"). Traditionally the
cave has been a place of refuge for the
surrounding population during foreign
invasions e.g. from the Persians in the
5th century BC, the Turks during the
Greek War of Independence, and from the
Germans in 1943. King Otto and Queen
Amalia made a royal tour with 100
torchbearers to view the two chambers of
the cavern which is enormous at 66 m
long, 30 m wide and 15 m high.
Corykian Cave interior taken from entrance looking to rear or main cavern.
Pausanias in his Guide to Greece writes:
On the way from Delphi to the summit of Parnassus, about sixty stades distant from Delphi, there is a bronze image.
The ascent to the Corycian cave is easier for an active walker than it is for mules or horses.
I mentioned a little earlier in my narrative that this cave was named after a nymph called Corycia, and of all the caves
I have ever seen this seemed to me the best worth seeing.... But the Corycian cave exceeds in size those I have mentioned, and it is possible to make one's way through the greater part of it even without lights.
The roof stands at a sufficient height from the floor, and water, rising in part from springs but still more dripping from the roof,
has made clearly visible the marks of drops on the floor throughout the cave.
Daily : Sanctuary of Apollo: Summer 8a.m
to 7.30p.m (winter to 3p.m) Entrance fee
9 Euro including the museum. Tomb of Minyas,
open daily to 3 p.m, entrance fee 3 Euro.
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