Delphi. Greece. View of the circular elegant Tholos with its three restored columns at the Sanctuary of Athena at Delphi. Dating from 390-380 BC, the round temple originally had twenty slim and graceful pentelic marble columns in Doric order on the outside. The dedication and purpose of this exquisite monument are sadly unknown. The site of the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, also known as Marmaria (the marbles) is very ancient, having been occupied during the Neolithic Period and later by the Mycenaeans. It is situated just below the Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi. Believed to be the 'navel' of the world' by the ancient Greeks, Delphi was the largest religious and spiritual centre in the ancient Mediterranean world and attracted pilgrims from all over the Hellenic world to seek the priestess’s wise prophecy. Delphi is a UNESCO world Heritage Site.
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