Delphi was an ancient Greek city, which hosted the most important oracle in the ancient world. The city is mentioned already in Homeric times as Pytho. At the beginning of historical times, it was one of the ancient cities of Phocis, but gradually the city’s role upgraded and it became a pan-hellenic centre and sacred city of the ancient Greeks. It was also the centre of the Delphic Amphictyony.
Delphi retained their important position by the end of the fourth century AD, when a decree issued by Emperor Theodosius the First ceased the function of the oracle. Over the next centuries, the city declined and was finally abandoned during the period of the Slavic invasions.
Today Delphi is a site attracting numerous tourists and has been designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Besides the archeological site and the museum, which hosts the statue of Heniochos (the Charioteer), other venues include the European Cultural Centre and a range of monasteries of religious interest in the wider area. Delphi is also at a short distance from Galaxidi and at 10 km from Arachova, a major winter destination of Central Greece.