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Ephesus The temple of serapis

Ephesus The temple of serapis

This is located to the west of the commercial agora, and stili draws attention today because of its attractive location.

Egyptian colonists may have constructed this temple. The stoa in front of it extends 24 meters by 160 meters from the west entrance of the commercial agora. Excavations began here in 1991. It was soon clear that the structure had a two- storied stoa through which one could enter the temple. Eight gigantic Corinthian columns önce stood in the portico in front of the cella. The column bases measure 1.5 meters in diameter, and the columns were 14 meters tall. The cella, which is 29 meters wide, had very thick walls that carried the vaulted ceiling.

In Christian times, the temple was converted into a church. The baptismal font is stili visible in the east side of the structure.