Ancient temples in Turkey





Temple for: Zeus Labraundos
erected: 344 B.C.
Dimensions: Stylobat: 13,87 x 18,71 m
  Peristasis: 6 x 8
Ground plan

Roman province: Caria
Location: On the road from Milas to Karpuzlu. 14 km from Milas

On the site of a small temple from the 5th century BC, King Maussolos had a larger marble temple built in Labraunda in 377 BC, which was completed in 344 BC after a further reconstruction.
It was a so-called ring hall temple (Peripteros) with six columns each at the narrow and eight columns at the long sides.

According to an inscription Maussolos' brother and successor Idrieus consecrated the temple to Zeus Labraundos, who was also worshipped under the name Zeus Stratios. The temple was excavated and researched by Swedish archaeologists from 1948 to 1960 together with the surrounding facilities.


Godfather Zeus is the supreme Olympic god of Greek mythology and more powerful than all other Greek gods combined. Zeus is usually represented with a sceptre and a bundle of lightning. Above him stood only the personified fate - his daughters, the moirs. He also had to submit to them.
Zeus was married to his sister Hera, with whom he had four children... But he also had many affairs, among others with the goddess Leto, a daughter of the titan Koios, who gave birth to Apollo, the god of light and music, and Artemis, the healing goddess of nature and hunting, or Leda, from whom he got the dioscuri Castor and Polydeukes.

The history of Labraunda:

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