Delphi: Omphalos Stone

Omphalos stone at the Delphi archaeological site

Omphalos stone at the Delphi archaeological site

Omphalos Stone
The Omphalos of Delphi refers to a conical-shaped stone, which, according to Greek mythology, represents the navel of the earth. According to Pausanias, a Greek historian who visited Delphi in the second century CE, a copy of Omphalos was kept near the seat of oracle in the inner chamber (adyton) of the Temple of Apollo. He described it as a sacred stone draped with wreaths. Ancient Greeks believed that this is where Apollo, a Greek god and the patron of Delphi, killed the evil python and used Omphalos to communicate directly with the gods.

Experts believe that many copies of Omphalos existed in the Sanctuary of Apollo. The image shows the Omphalos Stone kept near the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece. There is another Omphalos Stone on display at the Delphi Archaeological Museum.

Related Pages
Athens, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Greek Islands, Greece
Crete, Minoan Civilization, Mycenaean Civilization

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