Zeus temple – one of old temples in Turkey
Zeus constructed by the Roman tsar Adrian in 125 the temple, settles down in the centre of a big rectangular terrace. To those tourists in Turkey which want to reach there, it is necessary to pass up aside Emeta on the road which departs in Chavdarkhisara from the main route. Further to pass the river Codjia Chay (Sau’s Plait) on the Roman bridge with the marble frieze put in honour of the successful completion of voyage to Turkey of local philanthropist Mark Erikl. From the northern and western parties of the temple double ranks of columns with pediments have remained, but in other places they are very damaged, and their pieces lie on all district adjoining the temple. The last three columns in the east have fallen after earthquake of 1970, but after them again have put vertically. In the heart of a temple complex there is the central hall in what once there was Zeus big statue. The walls of this old temple made of impressing stone blocks in Turkey perfectly have remained, but the roof has failed inside. There is the underground sanctuary devoted to Cybele below. If to ask, the friendly watchman willingly to you will open it.
Sights of Turkey in temple vicinities
Outside of a structure at its northeast wall perfectly remained bust of Cybele which inhabitants of Turkey call the Jellyfish lies. From the temple it is possible to pass by baths on the North, by the remains of the unique combined theatre stadium. The track between the destroyed seats conducts up, from fine inscriptions on its southern gate with the fallen remains of a marble facade. To the East from the temple there are arches of the destroyed agora. From here the ancient ceremonial road goes south, to the second Roman bridge and mysterious мацеллуму – world famous sight of Turkey. On its walls in the IV century the decree by means of which governor Diokletian tried to fight with inflation has been traced. To end walk it is possible, having come back to the first Roman bridge and having asked the watchman to open you the 2nd baths located nearby where it is possible to behold a mosaic with the image satire and a statue of the goddess of baths of Gigei. Those small figurines which you could behold in magnificent hotels of Turkey, though are good, but unequivocally concede to this great old sculpture.
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