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The Temple of Artemis

The temple of Artemision is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. It has been built in the areas of Ephesus on a flat area which has over the centuries turned into a swamp.

Artemisson TempleToday one can only see the ruins of the foundations of this marvelous construction of the Hellenistic Age, entirely made of marble and full of sculptured columns' capitals and shafts.

The most beautiful remaining of this temple are today exhibited in the London British Museum. The oldest remaining found date back till the VIth century B.C.

It was surrounded by 36 huge columns, later enlarged upon the orders of the Lydian King, Kreisos, during the VIth century B.C. Most of the exhibits in the London British Museum belong to this period.

The new Artemision has been rebuilt in the second century B.C. Located on top of the previous one, it had tremendous dimensions: 125 columns of each 17,5 meters high.Artemis Temple

Unfortunately this one has also been destroyed by fire, reconstructed and again demolished by earthquakes, rebuilt and at last looted by Goths one year later. The statue of many-breasted Artemision was the symbol of the temple but also of abundance, hunting and wild life.
The genuine statue of Artemision, removed during the fire, is today exhibited in the Selcuk museum. Many copies of this statue found during the latest excavations date from the Roman period.