Temple of Apollo at Didim – one of the largest and well-preserved building of the ancient world (length 120 m, height 25 m, columns 122). Together with Delphi, Dodon and Claros, temple of Apollo at Didim was one of the most famous sanctuary of ancient Greece, in which the oracle of Apollo spoke.

A little history

Didim was founded in I millennium BC, and temple of Apollo became known only to the 7 century BC. According to Herodotus, some kings sent gifts to the temple (Egyptian pharaoh Necho II and the Lydian king Croesus), others desecrated and plundered the temple in Didim (Persian kings Darius I 494 y. BC. Xerxes I 474 y. BC).

During the reign of Rome in Asia Minor, the Roman emperors did not disregard this temple of Apollo (Didim). So, for example, Julius Caesar extends the right of temple (including the right to asylum), Caligula attempts to assign of temple, Traian building a "sacred road", joining Didim with Milet, and Kommod commanded to worship in the temple of his deified image.

In 6 century BC. Byzantine Emperor Justinian I done Didym episcopal residence, in the courtyard of the temple was built the Byzantine church.

Starting from 17 ages at different times by scientists from England, France and Germany held the first major archaeological excavations in the temple of Apollo, so all the interesting findings, which made here, we can see at the British Museum, the Louvre and the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

The ticket price in the temple of Apollo in Didim – 10 TL.

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

“Sacred road” from Miletus to the oracle of Apollo temple in Didim

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple view

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Photo excavation of the Apollo temple in Didim

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple Apollona Didim Turkey

Temple of Apollo in Didim on the map

Text and photos: Evgeny Nazarenko