18 Şubat 2020 Salı

Temple of Apollo Smintheus


Temple of Apollo Smintheus: Twenty-five km west of Behramkale, in the village of Gülpınar is the ancient city of Chryse where the 2nd century B.C. Temple of Apollo Smintheus (Lord of the Mice) is located. The mouse god Apollo Smintheus is the Sminthean cult of Apollo, but it is less clear what his original mouse-smintheus association was. The temple of Apollo Smintheus is a unique construction of the Hellenistic Age in Anatolia because the scenes from the Trojan War are depicted in its ornamentation. It was slated to become the largest in the Troad and was the only Ionic temple at the time in which it was built. The temple had 8 columns on front and back and 14 on each of its long sides. It’s stylobate (a continuous base supporting a row of columns in classical Greek Architecture) measured 23m x 42m rising up on an eleven-stepped crepidoma (the platform on which the superstructure of the building is erected). It would be worth visiting to see the extensive ruins spread out over a pretty, tree-shaded site.