Temple of Tyche

The Temple of Tyche is an ancient Roman temple located in the city of Aspendos, Pamphylia, which is now modern-day Turkey.

temple of tyche

The Temple of Tyche is an ancient Roman temple located in the city of Aspendos, Pamphylia, which is now modern-day Turkey. It was built in the 2nd century AD, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, and was dedicated to the goddess Tyche, who was the ancient Greek goddess of fortune and prosperity.

The temple was constructed on a hill overlooking the city and was built in the Corinthian style, with a rectangular plan and a portico of six columns on the front and rear façades. The temple also had a pronaos (an antechamber before the cella or inner chamber) and an opisthodomos (a rear chamber that functioned as a treasury or storage space).

The most striking feature of the Temple of Tyche is its ornate and intricate decoration. The temple is adorned with friezes depicting scenes from mythology, including the story of Perseus and Andromeda, the labors of Heracles, and the adventures of Theseus. The temple also features intricate reliefs of animals, plants, and other decorative motifs.

The temple was partially destroyed during the Arab invasions in the 7th and 8th centuries, and it was subsequently used as a fortress by the Seljuk Turks in the 12th century.

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    “The circular Temple of Tyche, Greek goddess or spirit of fortune, built in the centre of the Agora in the 2nd century AD, Side, Pamphylia, Turkey” by Following Hadrian is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/?ref=openverse.

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