Archaeological Site of Delphi

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationPrefecture of Phokis, Region of Central Greece
CoordinatesN38 28 53.364 E22 29 46.212
Inscription Date1987
Property (ha)51
Buffer Zone (ha)14,314
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
All ThreatsImpacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
All ThreatsHuman resources
All ThreatsLocalised utilities
Unesco Reference Number393
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionThe pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the omphalos, the 'navel of the world'. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world.
StatusWorld Heritage Site