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2 of 5 bubbles Review of Temple of Hadrian

Temple of Hadrian
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Private Tour: Ephesus and St. Mary's House
Ranked #11 of 55 things to do in Selcuk
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Owner description: This well preserved building is located in the city center on Curettes Road. The elegant workmanship and carvings on the front walls of the building make it one of the most attractive in the city.
Geel, Belgium
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“under reconstruction”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

I have seen it 25 years ago: so beautifull. But today it's being repared, difficult to see under all scaffolding. A pity, but future visitors will enjoy it uch more.

Visited April 2014
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“Under Reconstruction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

From what I can tell, this appears very impressive. However, please note that in March 2014, they were engaged in reconstruction. I'm not sure how long it will last, but it does detract slightly. Regardless, I would still pay a visit to Ephesus, which is where the Temple of Hadrian is located.

Visited March 2014
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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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“Best decoration of Curetes Street”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

The Temple of Hadrian built in 138 AD consists of a very big porch (pronaos) and the main chamber. On the façade arch the relief of Goddess Tyche (Luck, Fortune) is dominant and on the second arch a relief depicting probably Medusa surrounded by flowers and acanthus leaves. The lintel over the doors is fully decorated with scenes from the life of Ephesus.The columns are Corinthian and there are four bases for the missing statues of the 4 Roman Emperors who shared the Roman Throne from 293 - 305: Diocletian, Maximian, Constantius Chlorus and Galerius.The details of the decoration are significant. The best preserved edifice of Curetes Street.

Visited July 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Impressive ruins”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

This temple is one of many within the ancient city of Ephesus. It is definitely worth a close inspection during your tour of the larger city. Although a reconstruction of pieces that had completely fallen - archeologists have done a good job giving us a sense of the scale of some of these buildings.

Visited September 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“The temple that isn't”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

Really a monument, rather than a place of worship, it comprises a porch giving access to a hall in which stood a large statue of Hadrian, but the original dedication was to Artemis and the city of Ephesus as well as to the Emperor. Lesser statues of 4 of his imperial colleagues used to stand on bases around the porch. Its main glory are the five bas reliefs that frame the outside front wall of the Hall (Medusa), and its four inner walls (Founding of Ephesus; Gods with Amazons; Battle of Hercules and Theseus; Theodesius and Family Surrounded by Gods). The last of these was dated to a 4th Cent.reconstruction, 100 years later than the earlier three, and its paradox is that this is the Emperor who banned Paganism and its representation. Perhaps he was just hedging his bets! The point is that these works are exceptional ----- in my view matching the artistic quality of the Elgin Marbles. To see the originals, you will have to visit the Museum, because the authorities wisely substituted them with plaster replicas. You know, earthquakes and all that stuff!

Visited October 2013
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