Temple of Apollo at Didyma

The Temple of Apollo at Didyma was an ancient Greek temple located in the city of Didyma, in modern-day Turkey.

Temple of Apollo at Didyma

The Temple of Apollo at Didyma was an ancient Greek temple located in the city of Didyma, in modern-day Turkey. The temple was one of the most important oracles in the ancient world and was dedicated to the god Apollo.

The temple was built in the 6th century BCE, during the reign of the Lydian king Croesus, and was rebuilt several times over the centuries. The temple’s most impressive feature was its enormous size, with a length of 118 meters and a width of 60 meters. The temple’s façade featured 120 massive columns, each over 19 meters tall, arranged in two rows of 10 columns and one row of 21 columns.

The interior of the temple was equally impressive, featuring a large central hall with a vaulted ceiling. The temple’s most important feature was the oracle, which was housed in a small inner chamber. The oracle was believed to provide prophetic advice to visitors, and its reputation drew people from all over the ancient world to the temple.

In addition to its religious significance, the Temple of Apollo at Didyma was also an important center of art and culture. The temple’s sculptures and other decorations were among the finest examples of ancient Greek art, and the temple’s library was one of the most important collections of ancient texts in the world.

Today, only a few columns and fragments of the Temple of Apollo at Didyma remain, but the site remains a popular destination for visitors interested in ancient Greek history and architecture.

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