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Central Greece
Art, History & Archaeology Sites & Museums

Mountains, Lakes and rivers, as well as a coastline on the North Aegean Sea define Central Greece. This is the most mountainous region in Greece, with some of the country’s highest mountains – including Mount Parnasus. Many of the archaeological sites in this region feature prominently in the mythology of ancient Greece. The regional capital is Lamia, and the five regional units in Central Greece are Boeotia, Euboea, Evrytania, Phocis and Phthiotis.

Archaeology & History Sites in Central Greece

Delphi Archaeological Site

Besides being an incredible archaeological site, loaded with mythology, Delphi has the most stunning setting on the side of Mount Parnassus overlooking the Phocis valley. The mountainside location did not hamper the ancient builders, the site has spectacular theatre, a 4th century BC Temple of Apollo, and a stadium that hosted the Pan-Hellenic Pythian Games every four years – the origins of the modern Olympic Games. Delphi is also the location of the Delphic Oracle and the ‘navel of the World’.


An important and rich archaeological site, with evidence of habitation from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The Mycenaean tholos tomb is said to have been built for Minyas, the mythical king of Orchomenus. During the Bronze Age Orchomenus was a wealthy Mycenaean settlement – rivalling nearby Thebes. When the Macedonians were at war with Thebes and Athens, the town took the side of Philip and Alexander. For this they were rewarded fortifications and a theatre, which was still in use in the late Roman period.


Thebes was an important settlement from at least the late Bronze Age. Today, scattered throughout the modern city of Thebes are the archaeological remains of the successive occupations of the area, from prehistory to the Byzantines. Unfortunately many of these sites are under developed, although there is a programme of restoration currently underway. The city’s archaeological museum has extensive displays of artefacts recovered from various excavations that tell the story of the city.

Museums & Art Galleries in Central Greece

Delphi Archaeological Museum

The museum was founded in 1903 to mark the end of the first major programme of excavation at the archaeological site of Delphi. With the volume and size of objects recovered at the site, the museum has been expanded and redesigned many times since. In 14 galleries covering 2000 square metres of floor space are displayed some of the best artefacts, sculptures and architectural elements, including the Charioteer of Delphi, the frieze of the Siphnian Treasury, the cult statue of Antinous and the Sphinx of Naxos.