Photographer's Note

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. (

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Kamila Zadora (Kamilutka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 0 N: 1692] (8107)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-11-04
  • Categories: Architecture, Ruins
  • Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2013-03-01 7:29
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