Now that life has changed and the girls are doing online school, I added an architectural class to their weekly work load. This past week, I asked each to write a report on a work of architecture that they each appreciate. Here is the report from Sophie Hendricks.
The Temple of Apollo
The Temple of Apollo is an architectural masterpiece designed by Spintharus of Corinth. The temple is in Delphi, Greece. It is on Mt. Parnassus, which is near the Gulf of Corinth. It is in the middle of a big flat area on the mountain. It is said that it was the home to Apollo’s oracle, The Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle gives predictions that are very distant and you have to try to guess what it means. Once the predictions come true, will be the only time you know what it means. It is said that the Oracle gave cryptic predictions and guidance to the people who came to visit. There have been a few of these temples. They get rebuilt when it is falling apart or gets destroyed. Supposedly, the first Temple of Apollo was built out of laurel branches, and the second was built out of beeswax and feathers. The third was built out of bronze, and the most recent, the fourth, was built out of stone. This final version was designed by Trofonios and Agamedes. They say that they were led by Apollo when designing it. This one was destroyed by fire in 548 BC. What is left of this now is ruins. It had 6 columns on the front of it and 15 columns at the flanks. The history of this piece of architecture is amazing. It is interesting what legends say it was used for. It also looks very cool now. The Temple of Apollo is where offerings to the gods were kept. Statues of the gods were also kept there. In the temple is where some cult rituals took place, and one of them was Divination. One cool thing about it is that there are over 800 inscriptions on the walls of the temple. These ruins are truly one of a kind and very unique.