Renowned as a dwelling place of Apollo, Delphi is situated on the slope of Mount Parnassus, in Phocis about 6 miles inland from the Gulf of Corinth. Delphi is approximately 111 miles form Athens. Considered by the ancient Greeks to be the center of the earth, Delphi was once the site of an oracle of the earth goddess Gaea. The Sacred Way was the path by which people would ascend the mountain side to the Temple of Apollo and the theater above. Along its route were up to 3,000 statues and treasuries, built by city-states to house their people's offerings.