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The Temple of Hadrian, located in the middle of the ancient city of Ephesus, was built to honor the Emperor of Rome Hadrianus. It was built between 117-138 AD. It is a little also astonishing structure standing on the left side as you proceed up the marble path from the Celsus library towards the Hercules gate.
About Emperor Hadrian
Emperor Hadrian was an emperor who constantly traveled and preferred to determine and solve problems on his own rather than running his empire from the far-away capital, Rome city. Emperor Hadrian took over the empire from warrior emperor Trajan, an emperor who made the borders of the Roman Empire stretch from North England to the gulf. During his 21-year rule, Hadrian followed more peaceful ways to guard these broad borders. He preferred to determine and solve problems on his own by making trips instead of managing the country from the capital. Many buildings and sculptures were made in his honor before or after these visits. Many of these monuments have survived to the current day. These works exhibited in many museums in Europe, especially in Germany in the UK and also in Turkey.
Guide to Temple of Hadrian in Ephesus, Turkey
Temple of Hadrian in Ephesus was built to honor the emperor arriving in Ephesus. Temple of Hadrian in Ephesus was built in the Corinthian order. There are interesting reliefs on the door beam depicting the founding legend of Ephesus. King Androklos hunts the boar. A meeting of the Amazons and gods is depicted. The temple was restored because it was partially demolished in the 4th century, while four reliefs were added, adorning the inside walls of the portico. Today originals of temple reliefs are in the museum of Ephesus in Selcuk and plaster molds are placed in their original place in Ephesus.
Temple of Hadrian is a must-see in any Ephesus tour. I liked to stop at this attraction in every Ephesus tour I organize. You can always write to me if you need to learn more about the Temple of Hadrian in Ephesus or book a professional licensed tour guide to Ephesus ancient city and temple of Hadrian in Ephesus. See you soon, Hasan Gülday.