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Temple of Zeus in ancient Greek city of Magnesia in Western Turkey unearthed


Two-thirds of the Temple of Zeus was unearthed during the archaeological excavations in the Germencik District the western Turkish province of Aydin. 


Temple of Zeus in ancient Greek city of Magnesia in Western Turkey unearthed
Credit: Ferdi Uzun/Anadolu Agency

Excavations in the ancient city in Ortaklar neighbourhood have been carried out under the leadership of Ankara University archaeology department lecturer Associate Professor Görkem Kökdemir.




Speaking to press members, Kökdemir reminded that they reached the entrance gate of the Temple of Zeus two months ago during the excavations carried out in the 26,000-square-metre area known as the 'Sacred Agora'.


Temple of Zeus in ancient Greek city of Magnesia in Western Turkey unearthed
Credit: Ferdi Uzun/Anadolu Agency

Stating that the excavations are continuing, Kökdemir said, “The façade of the temple, which has four columns, was completely uncovered. Its steps and its front room or 'Pronaos', were completely unearthed. Now we need to reveal the back of the temple towards the east. If we succeed it, we will reveal the entire temple before the end of this year. This is a huge discovery. So, we are really proud to make it. We worked very hard.”




Kökdemir stated that they continue to work despite the cold weather, adding, “We have now excavated two-thirds of the temple. In the two-thirds section, 70 percent of the original part of the temple remains in place. 



The Pergamon Museum in Berlin displays the copy of this temple. The Germans made it with 5 percent original material and the rest with imitation. We, on the other hand, will do the same display with 70 percent original material where we are now.”




Pointing out that the temple is extremely important in terms of architecture, Kökdemir said, “Architect Hermogenes was the most famous architect of antiquity. The master work of this architect, the Temple of Artemis, is in Magnesia. There was no information about the temple, which was under four metres of filling, but we have obtained very important results regarding the architectural details of the temple during the works we are currently carrying out. This is very important for the world of archaeology and architecture.”


Source: Anadolu Agency [November 20, 2021]



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