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Hadrian Temple at Ephesus
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Hadrian Temple


 It  is the most beautiful building whose restoration is completed on Kurets Street. Emperor Hadrianus whose name was given to the Temple came to Ephesus couple of times. According to its inscriptions, the building was completed on 138. It was being built by P.Quintillus and was dedicated to Emperor. Once while Emperor Hadrianus was coming to Ephesus from Athens, the forename Zeus Olympos was given to him. During this visit on 128 (A.D) Emperor has given them the right to make temle on his name.

Ephesians built the big Temple close to Meryem church. It was called Olympeion, was destructed by Byantium. Hadrian Temple at Kurets Street was in korinth orde and consited of a cella and a platform in the front. The cella door is high and wide. 4 columns at the facade carry the arched pediment at the top. There is the head of city goddess Tykhe embroidered on the keystone of the pediment arch. there is a bust of the girl similar to Meduza, among acanthus leaves, in the middle of thympanumun, which is above the door. At both sides of upper lintel of the door, there is the frieze of Temple. there was Androklos and wild boar, gods and Amozons and Dionysos regiment was embroidered on frieze from left to right.  At the other half of the frieze, from left to right, there was Athena, Selene, a man who can't be identified, Apollon, a woman, Herakles Androklos, Theodosius, son and wife of Theodosius Artemis of Ephesusand Athena. While the the temple was repaired after the earthquake in the 4th century (A.D), the fourth which is understood  that was made quite after a while was pud. As it was understood from the inscripted bases, the bronze statues of the emperors, who were emperors at the same times, were exhibited on these bases.

These are: Diocletian, Maksimian, Constantius Cholorus aand Galerius (A.D. 293- 305).