Ephesus Temple of Hadrian

Hadrian Temple locates on Curetes street next to Slope Houses of Ephesus City. This attractive monument dates back to 2. Century Ad and unlikely it’s name it may not been dedicated to Roman Emperor Hadrian.

Hadrian Temple has a well decorated facade which is supported four Corinthian columns supporting a curved arch, in the middle of which contains a relief of Tyche, goddess of victory.

Inside the temple, above eggs or strands of pearls decorated door, there is a human figure which could be Medusa; snake hair creature of mythology. On the sides of Meduse figure friezes, depicting the story of the foundation of Ephesus, Gods and Goddesses with members of imperial family, are decorating Hadrian Temple.

Today reliefs on temple are replicas, originals can be seen in Museum of Ephesus.

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