a logical continuation, after Priene and Miletos, one goes to
Didyma, a famous temple for its oracles. This temple dedicated to
Apollo was the richest and biggest of the Ionian temples on
Anatolian soil. It was to cover such a vast area, that its
construction lasted more than 150-200 years and yet it was planned
to be without ceiling.
Again after the "Ionian Rebellion", it was to Alexander the Great
to order its restoration. On the ruins of the VIth century BC
temple, a church was built during the Byzantine period. Though the
ruins one can see today are of pre-Christian age. The temple was
famous all over the Greek world for its oracles so that it even
surpassed the reputation of Delphi.
The reason for which the harbor of Panamos near Didyma became
very busy and was visited by lots of commanders, ordinary and
respected people, is that they wanted to learn their future from the
priests of the temple. The oracle ceremonies were in two steps : the
Pithy would first comment the glitters on the waters of a well and
then the priests would translate these into literal and impressive
After the Lade War, many of the priests were to escape from the
temple or killed by Alexander the Great and the temple of Didyma
remained an unimportant temple till the Roman time.