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December 4, 2015

Temple of Apollo in Delphi

The Sanctuary of Apollo, the god of the sun, music and poetry, is in Delphi. When Apollo, who was the son of Zeus, killed a giant serpent named Python with his arrow in 586 B.C., the first Pythian games celebrated his victory. This evolved into the Olympics. The ruins at this site, once considered the center of the world, date from the 6th to 4th century B.C. They include temples, a theater, a stadium, altars and more. This is the Athenian Treasury, a gorgeous Doric marble structure. It housed the spoils from the 490 B.C Greek victory over the Persians in the Battle of Marathon.
Photo by: +Vasilios Gavrilis