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Tholos, Delphi

4.7
#3 of 8 in Historic Sites in Phocis Region
Part of a World Heritage-listed complex, Tholos features the remains of a circular temple destroyed by a major earthquake in the 4th century BCE. The temple once stood at the center of the sanctuary dedicated to Athena Pronaia. It boasted 20 Doric columns on its exterior circle--only three of which still remain standing--and another 10 Corinthian pilasters in the interior. Pay attention to the high reliefs on the four metopes between the columns representing a women abducted by a centaur. Reaching the site requires a bit of downhill hiking. To visit Tholos and get the most from your holiday in Delphi, create itinerary details personal to you using our Delphi online driving holiday planner .
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  • Very beautiful though restored perhaps not perfectly... Located in the center of the temple of Athena... free entry on the other side of the temple of Apollo
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  • Perhaps the most mysterious monument in Greece. Pausanias, when he passed through here (161 A.D.), and describes all the temples and many more, for the dome... Not a WORD!!! The same was done for the Temple of the Great mysteries, the goddess Demeter, in Eleusis... Built of Pentelic marble, entirely! Archaeologists even today are not sure, what ' was the use of... Was it the Temple of the Dauphin Mysteries???
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