Entrance Gate to Greek Temple of Zeus Unearthed in Turkey

Researchers in Turkey have uncovered an all-but-forgotten ancient Greek temple and a 50,000-seat stadium (shown).

Archaeologists excavating the ancient Greek city of Magnesia hope to fully restore the 2,300-year-old sacred structure

Researchers in Turkey have uncovered an all-but-forgotten ancient Greek temple and a 50,000-seat stadium (shown).
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The excavations took place in the ancient city of Magnesia where religious festivals were believed to have been conducted.

During recent digs, the monumental entrance gate of the Zeus Temple sanctuary in the ancient city of Aizanoi, located in the Çavdarhisar region of western Kütahya province, Turkey, was discovered.

The excavation coordinator, Professor Gökhan Coşkun of Dumlupnar University’s (DPU) archeology department, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the ancient city’s history stretches back around 5,000 years.

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Coşkun continued: “We started to uncover the monumental entrance with stairs of the sanctuary of the Temple of Zeus, which has been standing for 2,000 years, with our work this year. The remains of this structure are being uncovered day by day.

We can determine the architectural blocks of the destroyed monumental entrance gate to a large extent. After the completion of our work here, the structure will be restored. We aim for visitors to walk through the agora and pass-through this monumental entrance gate to the temple area, just like in ancient times.”