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The Temple of Apollo







Today Didyma is a small village close to the sea and is popular with tourists for its golden sandy beaches, but hidden away in the centre of the town is a large hole where excavations have uncovered an important sanctuary that housed one of the oracles of Apollo.
Alexander the Great (who seemed to fund a lot of building in this area) decided to rebuild the temple after his victory over the Persians. The Temple was never completely finished, probably on account of its enormous dimension (120m long and 24m wide). Christianity put an end to pagan rites and festivals and prevented the temple from being completed.
Traces remain of the temple's base and 3 Ionian columns standing 25m high are still upright, out of the original 120. There are also stones from the sacrificial altar and an antique fountain. The interior court, the pronaos and the steps leading to the sacrarium can be all be identified. All around there are fragments of statuary such as the head of the Medusa with snakes for hair and fangs for teeth as she was transformed by Athena. A long Sacred Way with colonnaded porticoes led from Miletus to the sanctuary.

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Temple of Apollo The entrance to the Inner Court The Inner Court