Greece and Ephesus, Turkey

Watch a 7:42 minute video of a walking “tour” of Ephesus. The Temple of Artemis (or Diana) is a short spot, 5:50 to 6:10


The gold and ivory statue of Zeus
The gold and ivory statue of Zeus, the father of the gods, at Olympia, in western Greece. Built about the year 450 BC, it was 200 years old when Demetrius and Diomede traveled from Athens to see it. This statue was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. (CC BY 2.0, ©2010 Erik Dorst)


The Temple of Diana at Ephesus
The Temple of Diana at Ephesus (Artemis in Greece) in Asia Minor (now Turkey) was the largest and richest temple in the ancient Greek world. (The smaller Parthenon, in Athens, was more beautiful and had finer sculpture.) In ancient times thousands upon thousands of pilgrims and travelers came here to worship. To all the Greeks of Demetrius’ day, this was the Great Temple. Though made of the purest white marble, it glittered with color, for the marble was painted bright hues, and great quantities of gold shone from the roof and walls. This image is of a recreation of the original. It is found in Istanbul, Turkey. (CC BYSA 3.0 ©2007 Zee Prime)



Diana’s Wonder-Temple
Diana’s Wonder-Temple stood for 500 years. Then, in the year 260, barbarians from Europe destroyed it and carried away the priceless treasures. The very site of the temple was lost for centuries. Only a hole in the ground now marks the spot where this ancient Marvel was built.  (The site of the temple today.) (CC BY-SA 2.0 ©2013 simonjenkins)