Join our Facebook group: World of archaeology
Archaeologists unearthed the entrance gate to Magnesia’s Zeus Temple in Turkey’s southern Aydn province’s Ortaklar district.
So far, the excavations directed by Ankara University Archeology Department associate professor Görkem Kökdemir have found the Artemis sanctuary, a stadium, a theatre area, 80 statues, and numerous objects in the old city.
According to Kökdemir, Magnesia was a significant city in ancient times, with religious festivals held in temples and sanctuaries.
We believe that the temple we discovered in this area is as significant in architectural history as Anatolia’s fourth-biggest Temple of Artemis. “It’s a Zeus temple,” he explained.
He stated that the ancient location had previously been excavated by Germans, who brought some remains of the Zeus Temple to Germany, where they are currently on display at the Berlin Pergamon Museum.
“We will uncover the origin of the construction, which is on display at the Berlin Museum, next year.” This is a fantastic achievement. It is critical for both archaeological literature and tourism. “As a result, we’re really excited,” he remarked.
“The eyes of the world’s archaeological community will be here when we thoroughly unearth this temple,” he added.
Header Image: Archaeologists excavate the gate of the ancient Zeus Temple in Aydın, Turkey, Sept. 26, 2021. (AA Photo)