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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Temple of Artemis at Ephesus Photos info - The Wonders of the Ancient World

The Wonders of the Ancient World : Temple of Artemis at Ephesus info Photos

The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus PhotoThe Temple of Artemis at Ephesus Photo

The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus PhotoThe Temple of Artemis at Ephesus Photo

The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus PhotoThe Temple of Artemis at Ephesus Photo

Is it simply a temple? How could it take its place among other unique structures such as the Pyramid, the Hanging Gardens, and the Colossus of Rhodes? For the people who actually visited it, the answer was simple. It was not just a temple... It was the most beautiful structure on earth... It was built in honor of the Greek goddess of hunting and wild nature. That was the Temple of Artemis (Diana) at Ephesus.

Temple of Artemis Location: The ancient city of Ephesus near the modern town of Selcuk, about 50 km south of Izmir in Turkey.

Temple of Artemis at Ephesus Description: Rectangular in shape, the temple was 170ft wide and 366ft long. The temple had 127 columns, (each was 66 feet tall) those at the front were decorated with intricate sculptures. The entire structure was erected from marble, an unusual material for building temples. A statue of Artemis stood in the middle of the temple.

Temple of Artemis at Ephesus Information: Following his conquest of the Greek city of Ephesus, King Croesus built a temple to honor the goddess of hunting/wind nature, Artemis. The temple was built in 550BC, and was designed by the Greek architect Chersiphron. It was built by colonists of the town, Ephesus. Inside the temple was an inner room called the sanctuary that housed a magnificent statue of the goddess. The temple became very famous and attracted visitors far and wide. Its purposes included both a marketplace and religious institution.

On the night of July 21, 356 BC, a man named Herostratus set fire to the temple in an attempt to immortalize his name. The roof caved in, the columns collapsed, and the statue of the goddess crashed to the ground. Over the next two decades, the temple was restored, with the additional help of Alexander the Great when he successfully conquered Asia Minor.

Then in 262 AD, the temple was destroyed again and the residents of Ephesus vowed to rebuild the it. During this time, the temple began to lose its importance, as many began switching to Christianity, the town was later deserted. The temple was plundered by Goths and later swamped by floods. In recent years, archaeologists have discovered and excavated the town. Attempts have been made to reconstruct the temple, but so so far only a couple columns have been erected upon the remaining foundation..

1 comment:

sarah said...

I was visited Temple of Artemis and it’s totally amazing and unbelievable experience for me and in your blog I found my old journey collection thank u very much

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