This temple, when compared to the the size of Athens' Parthenon, was triple the size and considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. Croesus started its construction but never completed the job. More columns were added to the facade by Alexander, and the Romans added their own statues.
In the forefront of the expanse was a rusted pulley, presumably used to move the gigantic stones and pillars of this excavated site. Truly wondrous.
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Bayside, New York
September 25, 2001
From journal Ephesus: city of greatness
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
July 2, 2001
Artemis, also called Diana in Roman mythology, was the many breasted figure that symbolized fertility.
The Temple was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World but now there are only a few partial columns standing in a field surrounded by trees. In its full glory, the Temple was much larger than the Parthenon in Athens and was the first major structure built totally of marble. It had over 100 columns, each 40 to 60 feet high.
Nowadays, the site is never crowded - probably because it's not well sign-posted and does not come anywhere near the grandeur of Ephesus. If you are pressed for time, skip the Temple and spend more time at the main Ephesus site. If you have the time, this is a good place to bring a picnic lunch and relax in the shade while you reflect on all you've seen at Ephesus.
From journal Always & Forever Impressive - Ephesus
August 2, 2000
From journal Selcuk - one of the seven wonders of the world...