Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Didyma and the Temple Of Apollo

During our recent visit to Didim, Altınkum and Akbuk we briefly stopped at the Temple of Apollo.  We didn't actually go into the temple complex but walked around the outside, where you can see some ruins of old housing and several views down into the Temple complex.

OK, so taking photos of houses in ruin, might not seem like an obvious choice, but you do get to see some interesting colours and textures and how some of the structures defy gravity leaves you wondering.

Our first glimpse of some of the reconstructed columns of the Temple of Apollo.

I love the colours in this door against the stonework.

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Always worth having a sneaky peek inside windows and doorways if possible, as long as you are not going to offend anyone.

You never know what you might see.

Sorry had to take another photo of this doorway with a bit more of the stonework and the fig tree gives added interest.  A blue sky is always a bonus with shots like these to really bring out the colour.

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Another house defying gravity.

However the single story part of the house is still being used.

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Not sure how much longer that wooden lintel will be there.

The wooden ceiling looks surprisingly good.

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I took this photo to add to my blog page on Windows

Didyma was an ancient Ionian sanctuary containing a temple and oracle to Apollo.  It was considered to be the fourth largest sanctuary in the Greek world.  Anybody who needed an answer to a question would consult Apollo via the Priestess who was resident at the Temple.

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Unlike other Temples to Apollo this one had an impressive grove of columns at the entrance to the temple where the general public would be met by consultants who would write down their question.  Only them would be able to enter into the Temple to take the question to the Priestess, who would be seated over a spring in the heart of the Temple.  She would then consult with Apollo who would relay the answer, which would be written down and taken to the portico to be given to the person asking the question.

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