Didyma Travel Guide

  • Crumpled column at the Temple of Apollo
    Crumpled column at the Temple of Apollo
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  • This column was actually never raised
    This column was actually never raised
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  • The supports for the column pieces still in place
    The supports for the column pieces still...
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    The outer decorations of the temple complex were never completely finished but examples of what was can be discovered laying on the surrounding ground. Mighty bulls, lions and Gorgons feature prominently. The Gorgons were three sisters – Medusae, Stheno and Euryle – who had snakes for hair. They had the power to turn anyone looking at them into...


    Located within a smaller temple within the large, the sacred spring was what ancient supplicants were after. For the proper gift riddles to one’s fate could be received. Well-known pilgrims included the Diadochoi generals Lysimachus and Seleucus I Nicator, as well as Roman emperors Augustus and Trajan.Oracles could only be given once every four...


    The inner sanctum was reserved for the priests and priestesses involved with the temple – adyton means ‘do not enter’. From the eastern porch priests would enter the adyton by one of two long tunnels. Inside, the adyton was located at a lower level and there was an inner courtyard. Here lay a smaller temple housing the sacred spring – naiskos – and...


    The faithful would come up into the temple from the east climbing some 14 steps. Here amongst a grove of some 12 columns, the priests would meet those seeking answers from the sibyl within. A well in front of the steps was used to ceremonially was parts of the body before ascending the stairs. There was a similar well inside the adyton with which...


    Originally there were 122 ionic columns surrounding the temple of which only three remain standing today. The columns date to the 2nd Century BC and are six feet in diameter at the base rising upwards some 60 feet high. Inscriptions show that three different contractors were responsible for the building of the temple. One column took a stonemason...


    Didyma refers to twins in Greek and here it refers to the twin god/goddess Apollo and Artemis. Recent excavations have uncovered a sanctuary dedicated to Artemis, but the Temple of Apollo – the Didymaion – took center stage. An original Archaic temple was enlarged upon in the 6th Century BC and the family Branchidae took control. Ending up on the...


    Miletus was the gateway for pilgrims on their way to the nearby oracle at the Temple of Apollo in Didyma. This oracle rivaled the oracle in Delphi in ancient world notoriety. The temple dates to at least the 8th Century BC and was in the charge of a priestly caste known as the Branchids. Following the unsuccessful Milesian support of the Ionian...

  • amazing theater,built 4th cent.BC:25000...

    in the middle of cotton fields.....nowadays!very well preserved!rather easy climbing on seats rows:on the top you enjoy a magnificent view on the whole site and surroundings.

  • milet,important city....in the fields!

    once upon a time...a harbour!...but the sea is gone....and the inhabitants too!from 7 cent.BC,a city of scientists:thales (geometry),hecatee (geography),anaximene (philosophy).....at the bottom,behind cotton fields,you can see the huge amphitheater....

  • after delphi,a leading oracle!

    built in 3rd century BC,a colossal setting: two ranks of 108 columns 20m height....but never finished!(you can understand rather easily why!)

  • The Temple

    The temple at Didyma, famous for its oracle, was dedicated to Apollo and was the richest and biggest of the Ionian temples on Anatolian soil.The temple is 60m wide,120m long and 24m. high and consists of 122 Ionic columns. The pronaos - the forecourt - had 12 columns standing on a a base structure with 7 steps all around.

  • Consulting the Oracle

    The reputation of the oracle was well known throughout Greece and surpassed that of the one at Delphi.

  • Milet. Bouleterion

    You can start the visit by the theatre, then go to the western agora, the Ionic Stoa and continue by the eastern agora.

  • Milet. Ionic Stoa

    Milet's main highlights are the Theatre and the Ionic Stoa, the only remains of a huge atrium with a few columns still standing.It was a very important greek city in Asia Minor, and held many cultural schools that influenced all the Mediterrnean area, as the one of Thales of Milet, Pitagoras...It was the first city to use the octogonal plan, used...

  • Milet. Theatre

    This is the first monument you see when arriving, as it is very close to the main road. When Milet was a port it was by the water, but now the shoreline has moved some kilometres away...

  • Priene. Bouleterion

    Bouleterion was a kind of ancient senate. You can see the steps where the citizens used to seat to discuss about city matters.

  • Priene. Acropolis

    You have to be in good shape to climb to the highest part of the city by a narrow path, that takes 90 minutes to the very top. I didn't, but they say the views are incredible. If you decide to climb, send me the photos ;-)

  • Priene. Gymnasium

    You can still see here the central atrium surrounded by doric columns, where the sportmen used to train naked. It's in the lower part of the city, near the stadium.

  • Priene. Athena's Temple

    This was the most important temple of the city. Now there's only some ionic columns standing. The temple was finished during Alexandre the Great times.

  • DIDIM (Didyma)

    DIDIM (Didyma)One of the three well preserved Ionic cities in the region. Though ancient Didim was not a city but rather the home of the God Apollo. Only priests were allowed to entry here to consult the oracle in the great Temple of Apollo. The site served as a divine sanctuary.The construction of the Temple began in 300BC and continued for the...


    MILETUSIt's an ancient Ionian city. Once being the greasted in the region, Miletus lost its harbor to silt. The site is nownearly 8km from the sea. Its large harbor was a great commerce center of the Greek Empire, figuring predominantly in Roman times as well.Today Miletus' most notable features is its Graeco-Roman theatre. Originally built by...


Didyma Off The Beaten Path

  • milet north agora:a commercial center on...

    possible to see the site of many shops....4 ionic columns ,set on their feet again,are the monumental entry of a commercial galery....(called by specialists:"stoa")back,left,building known as "faustina baths",closed to the beach...(a beach....centuries ago!)

  • stoa nowadays lost in fields....

    with its shops ,connected harbour and agora (commercial center):through this monumental avenue ,distinguished guests made their entrance in the city.

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  • Didyma. The sacred way

    Dydima temple was communicated with the city of Milet (15 kms away) by a sacred paved way (5 metres wide), that the priests walked during the annual festivities (Didymeia) in a big procession.You can still see part of it at the entrance of the temple.

  • Didyma. The temple

    The first temple (550 BC) was a bit samller (90x39m) than the one you can see now (110x51m). It housed an statue of Apollo that the persians stoled and took to Ecbatana after destroying the temple.Alexandre the Great recovered the statue and rebuilt the temple thet you actually see.

  • Didyma. The oracle

    This sanctuary was well known even before the greek times. The visitors had to purify at the well which was at the feet of the stairway. Then had to pay for the visit (much more if it was a private matter than for a public one). An animal was sacrified and then they made the questions to the oracle. The answers were "translated" and given to the...


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