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Temple of Zeus Lepsinos in ancient city of Euromos in SW Turkey to be restored


Excavations and restoration work have been continuing in the ancient city of Euromos in the Milas district of Turkey's southwestern Muğla province. The ancient city's Temple of Zeus Lepsinos, which was built in the 2nd century AD, is being restored to its former glory thanks to meticulous efforts.


Temple of Zeus Lepsinos in ancient city of Euromos in SW Turkey to be restored
Credit: AA

Assoc. Prof. Abuzer Kızıl from Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University’s Department of Archaeology, who is the head of the excavation in Euromos, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that 16 of the 17 columns of the ancient temple are still standing with their upper beams today. 




Stating that the temple in the ancient city was built by benefactors during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian, Kızıl said that according to the documents they obtained from European travellers, a part of the temple had been in ruins for 300 years. He pointed out that the structure is among the best-preserved temples in Asia Minor, adding that their latest project aims to raise the ruined part of the temple once again and to strengthen the structure against earthquakes.


Temple of Zeus Lepsinos in ancient city of Euromos in SW Turkey to be restored
Credit: AA

Explaining that they classified most of the architectural elements of the Temple of Zeus through the excavations and documentation they have carried out, Kızıl said, "We have 80 percent of the architectural elements of the temple. This is a serious advantage for the restoration to be completed in accordance with the original form.”




The work will be carried out in various stages, and Kızıl pointed out that the first stage of work is to excavate the blocks around the temple, which they estimate may be partially buried or under the ground. His team had been dreaming of restoring the temple for years, Kızıl said, and they are happy that this dream has started to come true.


Source: Anadolu Agency [June 21, 2021]



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