Ancient temples in Turkey
Magnesia ad Maeandrum





Temple for: Artemis Leukophryene
erected: 3rd to 2nd century B.C.
Dimensions: Stylobat: 67 x 41 m
  Peristasis: 8 x 15
Ground plan
Roman province: Caria
Location: Tekin, Söke county, Province Aydın

The predecessor of the Artemis temple of Magnesia from the end of the 6th century BC was considerably smaller than the temple built by Hermogenes from Priene. It was probably begun around 200 BC and completed in 130 BC. It became the fourth largest temple of the Hellenistic period in Asia Minor and the main work of Hermogenes. The decoration of this temple was legendary. It was built entirely of marble and decorated with a 175 meter long frieze.
The frieze belonged with its scenes of the Battle of the Amazons to the most extensive relief representations of antiquity. Almost all parts of this frieze, as well as other fragments of the temple decoration, are kept in the National Museums in Berlin, in the Louvre in Paris, in the Archaeological Museum in Istanbul and in the British Museum in London.
Only the remains of a gable, column fragments and the temple foundation, which had to be laboriously cleared of mud in recent years, remain on site. Translated with


In Greek mythology, Artemis is the goddess of hunting, the forest, the moon and the guardian of women and children. She is one of the twelve great Olympic gods and therefore one of the most important deities of Greek mythology. She is the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She corresponds to Diana in Roman mythology.

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