The Temple of Artemis, Selcuk

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A single column and some stone fragments are all that's left of The Temple of Artemis, the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The spot where the temple stood was recognized for its sanctity by numerous civilizations, including the Lydians, the Greeks, and the Romans. In fact, it was one of the most popular pilgrimage sites of Antiquity. Legend has it that the Amazons build the earliest temple here, as they worshipped Artemis as their chief deity. Throughout the centuries the temple was destroyed and rebuilt many times before finally being ransacked by the Goths in 268 CE; today, little remains of the original temple. Admission to the site is free. Add The Temple of Artemis to your Selcuk travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Selcuk day trip planning site .
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  • It was one of the 7 Wonders of antiquity, but today it is simply a column. Hard to imagine what it was. I don't think it's worth a visit.
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  • Artemis was one of the most important goddesses in the region, and although only one pillar is left of her temple, is still worth to stop and feel the place  more »
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  • It's one of the 7 wonders of ancient history. Nowadays you can not see a temple or an altar. Just some marbles, it's like ruins. You can see some ruins in British Museum in London and Vienna Ephesus Museum. Anyway it's nice to be here, you feel the soul. It's free to enter and visit this place. It's located on the way to Ephesus and it takes just some time visit there. I highly recommend to visit this special, historic and holy place!
  • Let's be honest – there's really not a lot to see here. The temple itself is long destroyed, with only a single salutary column remaining (see photo). The authorities seem to have allowed the site to become extremely overgrown, as well, with weeds and swamp pretty much everywhere. But still, it's worth having a quick stop if you're in the area visiting Ephesus and have a car – it will take max 5 mins of your time, and it's still nice to get a sense of the temple's general size (which was gargantuan). I would also definitely recommend visiting the archaeological museum, which from memory was about 5-10 mins drive around the corner – it is modern, air-conditioned, has English explanations, and holds some interesting pieces from the ancient city and temple, including some very bizarre multi-breasted female statues (see photo).
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