Elevated View of Sacred Way in Delphi, Greece - Encircle Photos

Elevated View of Sacred Way in Delphi, Greece

The Sacred Precinct was built on a series of successively higher terraces. Each one provides a better panorama of the archeological site. This is an overlook of the Sacred Way where you have been walking. The path starts on the left below the row of trees. The route ends at the entrance to the Temple of Apollo (the tall column on the right). The square column is the Pillar of King Prusias II of Bithynia (reign 182 – 149 BC). The ex-voto (religious offering) previously displayed an equestrian statue of the king. The wall where the two people are standing is the Altar of the Chians. The 5th century BC altar was used for making sacrificial offerings to Apollo. The square platform in the center once supported a gold tripod with intertwined serpents. The Tripod of Plataea commemorated the Greek victory over the Persians during the Battle of Plataea in 479 BC. The ruins on the left were a stoa (roofed colonnade) and building dedicated to Attalus I, the king of Pergamon from 241 to 197 BC. Finally, look at the upper left corner. In the distance you can see the columns of Tholos at the Temple of Athena Pronaia. A bit closer are the remains of the Gymnasium. This athletic facility opened in 330 BC. After several expansions, the complex included ten bathing basins, a 33 foot pool, changing rooms and a 610 foot covered colonnade (xystus) used for exercising during inclement weather. The next photo of the Temple of Apollo is a continuation of this panorama looking right (southwest).


Ancient Delphi, Delphi 330 54, Greece


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