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Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia at Delphi Canlas, Gino


On the road to Delphi, as one approaches the sanctuary of Apollo from the East (800 m from the main sanctuary), there is a much smaller sanctuary dedicated to Athena Pronaia ("Athena before the Temple") on a terrace now called "Marmaria" (150 m x 40 m). It consists of a walled temenos (sacred precinct) and various structures (altars, at least two temples, a tholos, and two treasuries). This smaller sanctuary to Athena served as a gateway to the much larger sanctuary to Apollo, and the goddess Athena can be perceived as protecting her younger half-brother, Apollo.

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