12.A.3. Sanctuary of Athena, Delphi

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF DELPHI, GREECE

As our tour bus moves to the parking lot of the site. This astonishing Sanctuary of Athena is the first place we see situated below the main road. This sanctuary was particularly important, as people coming to ask for an oracle would first offer a sacrifice to Athena, considered their guardian. It consisted of several altars, temples, two treasuries and the Tholos.

The Tholos is the circular building in the center of the Sanctuary. In 373 B.C. a large earthquake destroyed a large part of the sanctuary. It is attributed to the cult of heroes or deities of the underworld. Only three of the exterior columns have today been restored.

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