Constantine the Great and Delphi
Constantine the Great (Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus), also known as Constantine I or Saint Constantine, the Emperor who founded Constantinople in 330 BC., removed the 8-meter tall bronze column that supported the urn, donated to Apollo by the Greeks who fought Persians in the Medic Wars (battle of Plataea 479 BC.).
In 1979, archaeologist P. Themelis brought back in Delphi from Turkey a plaster mold of this column. In 2015 the exact copy of this column, bearing the names of the Greek cities that fought in Plateae battlefield, faced again the sky of Delphi.
The Serpent Column (Ancient Greek: Τρικάρηνος Ὄφις Τrikarenos Οphis “Three-headed Serpent”), also known as the Serpentine Column, Plataean Tripod or Delphi Tripod, was built to commemorate the Greeks who fought and defeated the Persian Empire at the Battle of Plataea (479 BC). The serpent heads of the 8-metre (26 ft) high column remained intact until the end of the 17th century.