Located about a mile east of the famous Sanctuary of Apollo, the Sanctuary of Athena at Delphi contains the mysterious Tholos, a 4th-century-BC rotunda. Although not as famous or important as its neighboring sacred princint, the Sanctuary of Athena is home to some of the most picturesque ruins at Delphi.This sacred precinct at Delphi was dedicated either to Athena Pronoia (Athena of Foresight) or Athena Pronaia (Athena before the Temple). The former epithet seems to echo the function of the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, while the latter could refer to the sanctuary's position below (and on the way to) the great Temple of Apollo.
This site has been revered since Mycenaean times (c.15th century BC. Clay figurines of women and fine sculptures from this period can be admired in the Delphi Museum.
The first Temple of Athena was built here in the 7th century BC and rebuilt at the beginning of the 5th century BC. In the early 4th century BC (c.360 BC), the New Temple of Athena was built in another part of the precinct, along with the mysterious Tholos. The nearby gymnasium was built in this period as well. (sacred-destinations.com).
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batalay (40177) 2013-03-01 7:45
This is a classic shot of the Sanctuary of Athena. It is a site where it is difficult to take a bad photo, but with the close crop, I think this is especially effective. Among photos I took there is "The Center of the World."
danos (102452) 2013-03-01 8:23
very nice the view of the famous Sanctuary of Apollo,that standing there for centuries.I like the beautiful presentation as the light and the colour management of the image.
Have a good weekend,Danos
dta (81538) 2013-03-01 8:33
Hello KAmila ,
Excellent plunging view on this old temple . You have perfectly framed it with the tree on the right , and the branches at the top .
jemaflor (102159) 2013-03-01 8:42
Well presented, good pov, nice composition and light maybe a little tilt, a detail.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-03-01 9:03
Hello Kamila - I've never seen this temple and your shot gives me a great feel for both the beauty and fascination of the place and for the situation. I like that. An excellent POV with the hillside forming a good backdrop and the olive (?) branch adding depth. Very good note too. Warm regards Rosemary
mjw364 (1466) 2013-03-01 10:07
Interesting note and interesting place. I like the way you have used the tree at the top to frame this though part of me woudl like to see that mountian in the background too! I find these ruins fascinating that people were able to build such things without the kind of machinery we emplloy today. It's a tribute to the vision and creativity of the people at the time. Amazing.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-03-01 10:32
sei tornata dopo una breve assenza. E questa volta per proporci la classicitą dell'antica Grecia, grande culla di civiltą alla quale si ispirarono anche i romani.
Delphi č famosissima e l'hai saputa rappresentare molto bene dando evidenza alle pietre che dominano la scena dando il senso della distruzione operata dal tempo passato dopo lo splendore della sua civiltą.
Resto in attesa della tua prossima foto: sarą un paesaggio marino?
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Noel_Byrne (33416) 2013-03-01 10:51
What a beautiful and so obviously Greek scene. I like to see these sites and imagine how they looked when in use, this I would say was a site to behold.
Excellent perspective on this wonderful place, the view off into the distance is lovely, and the tree in the top foreground give even more depth.
All the best
tedesse (25135) 2013-03-01 11:11
Wspanialy widok pokazujacy Swiatynie Ateny. Doskonaly POV i kompozycja, dobra ostrosc i piekna kolorystyka.
carlo62 (54058) 2013-03-01 14:11
la foto pende leggermente a sinistra, ma il pov ed il soggetto sono splendidi.
Bellissimi i resti di questo tempio e, ad aprire la scena, uno dei simboli della Grecia, l'olivo.
mayjayne (6800) 2013-03-01 18:08
The Santuary is well presented here, framed with the trees and the mountain as a bakground.
ikeharel (77137) 2013-03-02 1:16
The known monument from a very well chosen perspective, handled camera settingswith an excelent result on clarity and depth.
Showing the numerous ruins of pillars and other rocks is most impressive.
The only remain culumns with the stone-linten beam is an attractive element on the beautiful photo.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
dkmurphys (63619) 2013-03-02 7:39
Very picturesque capture of the ancient ruins. I like the POV and the colors. Good catch.
adramad (48904) 2013-03-02 12:47
Wonderful composition, of these very famous ruins of one of the temples of Delphi true icon.
Fantastic POV, we sample from above the circular arrangement of the same ideal that olive branch in the top of the image.
Fantastic brightness and optimum sharpness.
Enjoy the weekend.
ricardomattos (7825) 2013-03-02 15:44
Very beautiful view of the ruins and the mountains in the background. Excellent POV, perfect framing, very good colors. My cumplimients for the very informative note.
npecanhuk (77591) 2013-03-02 18:15
Interesting and attractive location!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your sunday,
Hanssie (10886) 2013-03-03 1:09
Nice view on the ruins, even no tourists !
I like how you used the tree here, well done
holmertz (58186) 2013-03-03 7:36
This is an excellent composition and this picture should be ideal for a tourism promotion campaign. The ruins are well placed in the foreground with a grand view of the mountainous scenery behind. The branch of the tree also serves the composition well. Sharpness and exposure are perfect.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2013-03-04 6:50
Great shot! I really loved your POV and how you've used the leaves as a natural frame. Great focus and sharpness and clarity. Seeing ruins and temples such as this makes me wonder and amazes me. TFS!
all the best,
wolf38 (31296) 2013-03-05 8:07
Hello Kamila. Delphi reminds me of my visit to Greece several years ago. Of course, I was also at this cultural and historical site. Fine composition, best light and natural colors. The branches at the top are well integrated into the overall composition.
mkamionka (39799) 2013-03-06 8:10
sporo pieknych zdjec w Twojej galerii -nie mam nawet szansy zeby o wszystkich cos napisac. Bardzo podoba mi sie ta kompozycja. Super POV i to obramowanie galeziami to znakomity pomysl. A zdjecie to wybralem dlatego ze kiedys mialem okazje spacerowac w tym miejscu ale niestety mialem ze soba niskiej jakosci aparat kompaktowy i to w czasach analogowych a wiec w praktyce nie mam zdjec z tego miejsca. Z rozrzewnieniem wiec wspominam tamte czasy choc pamietam ze bylo tam potwornie goraco, byl sierpien i chodzilem pomiedzy ruinami w samo poludnie.
Piekny jeden z najbardziej charakterystcznych motywow z calej Grecji.
kim_gwan (418) 2013-03-08 19:43
This is a very eye catching shot. You made it more sacred than it is.
Definitely there is a reason why the relic stones are arranged in this manner.
fritzi007 (12104) 2013-03-16 6:36
a photo of beautiful classical Greece.
I have a faible of historical sites.
Congratulate you for your very good work
s_lush (16600) 2013-03-17 1:33
These ancient ruins look highly picturesque and aesthetic in your well-composed and high-quality shot. It is an excellent illustration for the interesting, informative and useful note. Perfectly well done!
Miguel82 (27718) 2013-04-03 14:12
A superb picture of ruins Kamila,
You select an appropriate pov, fine colors, good framing
tulipan7 (804) 2014-03-15 9:24
What I like about this photo is that you concentrated exclusively on the temple - Delphi are famous for the views and majority of people try to catch that as well as the ruins. Your tight crop gives us a chance to concentrate on the sanctuary itself which is magnificent as it is. Technically everything is perfect as always - clear, sharp & with excellent colors...