Saturday, 17 December 2011

Temple of Artemis in Ephesus

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Turkey is one my favorite travel destinations in the world. The combination of geological wonders and archaeological sites brings hundreds of thousands of tourists a year, flocking in to see what richness Turkey has to offer.  Since I have a fondness for archaeology, I was thrilled to find Francois' piece on the Temple of Artemis. Francois is an expert in international travel destinations, so if you have a moment, check out his piece on the Artemis Temple.

The Temple of Artemis, also know as Artemision in Ephesus, Turkey, was one of the Seven Wonders of the World and ruled the religious and social life of the city for centuries. It is located close to the Isaa Bey mosque and a fig trees field. Pausanias used to say that this temple exceeded in beauty and splendour everything man had produced so far. The monument would have been constructed upon order of the Gods after Artemis’ birth. Pliny the Elder also declared that during its history, the temple was pillaged and destroyed seven times, each time rebuilt at the same place and with even more magnificence. The last reconstructions were the most remarkable of all, according to a legend.

[Thanks Francois]

 

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