Greece - 50 Euro gold, Proof, DELPHI, 2015
Delphi, a centre for the worship of Apollo in the foothills
of Mount Parnassus, was one of the most venerable
sanctuaries in ancient Greece. Thanks to its famed oracle
and the ambiguous prophecies delivered by the Pythia,
Delphi had great religious and political importance for
both the ancient Greeks, who considered it the “navel
of the earth”, and the ancient world at large. Delphi was
the venue of the pan-Hellenic Pythian Games, second in
prestige only to the Olympics. The spirituality of the site
was amplified by exhortations coined by the ancient Greek
sages (“Know thyself ”, “Nothing in excess”), inscribed on
the Τemple of Apollo’s entrance. The splendour of Delphi
was revived in modern times with the Delphic Festivals of
1927 and 1930 organised by poet Angelos Sikelianos and
the current activities of the European Cultural Centre of
Issue year: 2015
Face Value: 50 Euro
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