December 31st, 2008 – by: Deats
Temple of Zeus
People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Eric and Dave (USA)
Like Labranda, Euromos was settled in the 6thCentury BC and became an important City between 200BC and 200AD, when it is thought that Roman Emperor, Hadrian, built the Temple of Zeus here. Not much remains of the City itself, but the Temple alone makes it well worth a visit. Once again there was nobody selling tickets, which would have been an extortionate 8YTL ($5) and i don't think there is any way that it is worth paying that much to see it.
Three of the four sides of the Temple have impressive columns still standing, some of which have carved inscriptions on. Some of the pillars were fluted and others weren't, so its probable that the Temple was never actually completed - that or the craftsmen were downright lazy! We were surprised that once more we were the only people here, as in most other countries, i could see this been quite a big attraction. It only goes to show how many ruins Turkey has, that you can quite easily find places like this all to yourself.
Having nosed around for 15 minutes, there wasn't too much else to see, and we were all in agreement that we didn't want to risk the ticket seller turning up It was also starting to get pretty late in the day and the sun was starting to sink low on the horizon, so it was back in the car and Dave drove us to the final sight of the day, which was Iasos.
GO TO THE IASOS BLOG FOR THE CONTINUATION OF OUR DAY.....