During the golden age of ancient Greece, the Oracle at Delphi stood at the center of the world. Leaders from all the great Greek cities came to consult the Oracle before making any important decision. A word from her was enough to start or stop a war, cause or prevent an important marriage, and inflame or heal a festering rivalry.
This is the Tholos, a circular building where three columns remain from the twenty that once surrounded it. This beautifully-rendered structure was built by Theodorus of Samos between 380 and 360 BC.
As you can see, Delphi was — and still is — an idyllic setting among the green mountains and yellow flowers of central Greece. It rests about four miles inland from the northern shore of the Gulf of Corinth.
(image by Brian Tan and Yuchun Ku, founders of Zicasso.)