Photo of the Week: Sanctuary of Athena, Delphi

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The Sanctuary of Athena is the most picturesque spot at Ancient Delphi and the Tholos, backed by a valley of olive trees, is Delphi’s most stunning monument. | Sanctuary of Athena- Delphi, Greece

Built between 380 and 360 BC, the Tholos may have sheltered an important statue, although the exact purpose of the structure is unknown. The three columns that stand have been re-erected. The Tholos originally consisted of 20 Doric columns around the perimeter of the podium and 10 Corinthian half-columns in the interior.

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