The Athenian Treasury at Delphi was constructed by the Athenians to house dedications made by their city and citizens to the sanctuary of Apollo. The entire treasury, including its sculptural decoration, is built of Parian marble; its date of construction is disputed, scholarly opinion placing ranging from 510 to 480 BC. Pausanias mentions the building in his account of the sanctuary, claiming that it was dedicated from the spoils of the Battle of Marathon, fought in 490 BC.
The building was excavated by the French School at Athens, led by Pierre de La Coste-Messelière, and reconstructed from 1903-1906. The structure is still visible in situ, although the metopes are reproductions; the originals are kept in the museum of Delphi. #archaeological_site #ruins