Temple of Apollo, Didim

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Walk in the shadow of imposing columns at Temple of Apollo, one of the most important sanctuaries of the ancient world. The temple sits at the site of ancient Didyma, which was, next to Delphi, the largest center of the cult of Apollo. After the destruction of the original temple in the 5th century BCE, a grand project of reconstruction was started, but never finished. Giant columns and elaborate stone reliefs allow you to imagine the magnitude of the envisioned temple. The ruins lie in the town center surrounded by a good selection of cafes and restaurants. If you're visiting on a hot day make sure to bring adequate sun protection. Arrange to visit Temple of Apollo and other attractions in Didim using our Didim travel itinerary planner.
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  • In the suburbs of Didim town a short Google map search will reveal the location of the Temple of Apollo. An impressive structure with massive walls and several tall columns still standing. Panorama.....  more »
  • An atmospheric place with unique little souvenir shops, quaint restaurants and of course the stunning Temple.  more »
  • Awesome experience of a building dating from 700 BC. The cafe opposite the temple does an amazing grilled sea bass.  more »
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  • The temple is magnificent! Wish we could see the whole thing but even the ruins give the feeling of what it would be like to walk inside of that huge temple. I loved it. As an architect, one day I wanna make an app that works with VR tech to help you see and feel the whole ancient structures and cities as you walk inside them.
  • Great place for exploring ancient Greek ruins. Some explanation boards need to be updated or renewed as the information is beginning to fade from weather wear. You just have to marvel at the height, size and the accuracy that the stones were carved by hand tools and put in place by manual labour. Shame it suffered from earthquake damage.
  • 22.5.2019 The Polish tourists in the group decided to go shopping so it left just the guide and me.We ended up playing the same board game the Greeks played here when the temple was constructed on a marble board carved into the temple floor thousands of years ago.I work in the construction industry in the UK and explained about some of the straight horizontal lines in the marble.I assume they are datum lines to determine known heights and others that established distance.Nothing changes.We decided the temple was never completed because some of the sections of columns still had lines where they would need to be carved.The only question i couldn't answer my guide was the reason for two small holes at the end of the interior of the temple.He had been told it was to protect the building against earthquakes.Not likely but it was fun chatting about it with a man who had been observant enough to see these marks and curious enough to ask.The board game? Similar to noughts and crosses back home.The game ended in a draw,which was the way it should have been.The temple is part Roman-Greek-Christian church.The Greek columns are different to the Roman ones.Look underneath the stonework and you may the red ochre paintings that has faded with time.I couldn't help but look at the columns,they are very high and i understand when this temple was built there were over 80,almost as many as at Karnak in Egypt.The church that stood here was huge too.I was impressed.You would be too.We found the Poles drinking tea.
  • Good place to visit. No amenities - small gift shop. Historically significant. Worth a trip in the evening to see the sun go down after it closes at 7pm. Some good bars/restaurants up at the top
  • This theme is huge! Didn't expect it. Definitely worths a visit. It shows how great the Greek civilisation was all those years back. It's truly magnificent. It is almost impossible that ancient technology could build temples like that and now we have all this great technology that we barely need to move a finger but we can't even do one third of what those people did.

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