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Address: Selcuk, Turkey

Believed to be the first temple erected for a Roman emperor, the statue...

Believed to be the first temple erected for a Roman emperor, the statue found within the building was thought to be that of Emperor Domitian. Recent findings suggest the statue may actually be of the Emperor Titus.

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Old temple

partly restored, worth stopping and reliving the structure in its old days. good stop for some good photos.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 July 2016
Columbia, South Carolina
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Saint John, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great to see how advanced people were back in those days. This place is located just after this first amphitheater across the ancient street. There are plaques to stop and read the history. The roads are inlaid limestone. I wondered if they were all laying in place from way back then. There are still areas of the city undergoing restoration.... More 

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Burgas, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Very interestingplace. I was really impressed. The Story about Temple of Domitian is interesting. Worth to be seen.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

partly restored, worth stopping and reliving the structure in its old days. good stop for some good photos.

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Cinnaminson, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

The first structure dedicated to an Emperor, Domitian was also one of the most hated Emperors in Roman history. He was also one who heavily persecuted Christians, Located and the the end of Curetes Street, this was one of the largest temples at one time, but when the Christians eventually won out, most of it was destroyed and mainly the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Although the ruins of this first Roman Temple dedicated to an emperor in Ephesus are not particularly inspiring, the significance of Domitian's persecution of the early Christians resonates here in Ephesus. This is the one time home of St John who is believed to have been boiled in oil by the Romans, only to miraculously survive. Certainly, many were similarly... More 

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Kuching, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

When you pass by the Temple of Domitian, you will see 2 columns that remained which was connected like a letter H. It was badly restored by the archaeologist from years ago. They cemented it without the proper method which made it look really weird. During our visit there, there was an archaeologist at work recreating/drawing the patterns of a... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Temple of Domitian is the first structure in Ephesus known to be dedicated to an emperor. The northern size of the terrace seems to be two-stories high, reached by stairs. The stairs are still visible today.

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SF, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2015

This temple is located towards the upper end of the main street in Ephesus indicating that it was built for royality.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015

The Temple of Domitian is not one of the main attractions in the city of Ephesus but its history is what makes it worth a look up close. Located at the upper end of Curetes Street, it can be easily overlooked as most visitors are drawn towards the Celsus Library. With the ruins that remain, one can still imagine an... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

You may have limited time in Ephesus if you're part of a tour, and there isn't much left of this particular ruin, so I recommend taking a picture or two and continuing on to the library area nearby.

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