Gaius Laecanius Bassus Fountain in Ephesus

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According to this fountain’s inscription, Gaius Laecanius Bassus, from the governors of the Province of Asia ordered the contruction of Gaius Laecanius Bassus Fountain in Ephesus. It was built in between years 75 and 80. Gaius Laecanius Bassus Fountain is located at the intersection of the road from the south of Agora and the road from Domitian Square, in the ancient city of Ephesus.

Gaius Laecanius Bassus Fountain in Ephesus
Triton Statue from
Gaius Laecanius Bassus Fountain
in Ephesus

The fountain of Gaius Laecanius Bassus in Ephesus was made of white marble, with a courtyard in the middle, two-storied columns on three sides and two pools in front of them. A large triangular pediment covers the entire facade appearance. The height from the floor to the courtyard reaches up to 9 meters. Columns on the facade are lined up in pairs. There were 20 columns on the front and 14 columns on the sides. We understood how the fountain looked like from the traces of the sculptures in the niches behind the columns.

Triton, Nymphe and Muse statues from the sculptures found here are exhibited in the “Ephesus Museum Fountain Findings Hall” today.

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Gaius Laecanius Bassus Fountain is one of the hidden gems of Ephesus. Contact me to learn more about Ephesus Ancient City and for booking tour guide for Ephesus, Turkey. See you soon, Hasan Gülday.

Hasan Gülday

Hasan Gülday. Professional licensed tour guide working in Turkey.

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