Ancient temples in Turkey
Claros (Klaros)





Temple for: Apollo
erected: Start of construction in the late 4th century B.C.
Dimensions: Stylobat: 25,16 x 46,29 m
  Peristasis: 6 x 11
Ground plan
Roman province: Ionia
Location: Ahmetbeyli, Menderes county, Province Izmir

The temple of Apollo is part of an oracle village which until Roman times had a reputation comparable to that of the great oracle villages. It is said that at this time the monumeltal statues of a seated Apollo, an Artemis and a Leto, both standing, were erected in his cella. Fragments of larger-than-life cult statues are now displayed in their original place in front of the temple.


In Greek and Roman mythology, Apollo is the god of light, healing, spring, moral purity and temperance, as well as prophecy and the arts, especially music, poetry and song; he was also the god of healing and the god of archery. Born in Didyma, the son of Zeus, the father of the gods, and Leto, the goddess (Latin: Latona), like his first-born twin sister Artemis (Latin: Diana), he belonged to the Olympic gods, the twelve main gods of the Greek pantheon. The sanctuary in Delphi, the most important oracle site of antiquity, was consecrated to him.

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If you want to visit the oracle sanctuary of Claros, it is advisable to visit it in autumn. In spring the groundwater is so high that the temple and the surrounding area are up to 2 meters high under water.

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