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Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
September 8, 2009
From journal Beyond Athens: Greek highlights from Peloponnese & around
June 24, 2002
Once you pass the admissions booth (displaying a few souvenirs for sale), you will walk through the Agora with a few minor relics from an Early Christian church. Keep an eye out for stray cats and dogs in these quiet areas. Then proceed upwards along the paved Sacred Way past a variety of votive offerings, monuments and treasuries, including the reconstructed Treasury of the Athenians. Watch your step, or a guard will blow a whistle to announce that you are stepping on a relic that should not be stepped upon!
The centerpiece of this site is the Temple of Apollo, dating from 490 BC. Six Doric columns have been re-erected upon the rectangular base of the temple to create a majestic impression of what the temple looked like. The fluting on the columns looks finer on one side than on the other, perhaps illustrating the wear and tear caused by the harsh local elements.
Continue upward on the pathway to see the grand amphitheater (4th Century BC), with 35 terraces of stepped seating. You will admire the views around these two major constructions, despite the large tour groups camped about.
From journal Bill in Greece - DELPHI