Aizanoi (Aezani, modern Çavdarhisar) is a site that is located 170 mi. southwest of Ankara (as “the crow flies”).
One of the best-preserved temples of the ancient world is located there as are the impressive remains of a stadium, theater, bathhouse, meat market, etc.
Some have suggested that the female mother deity, Cybele, was worshiped here. Others suggest that this arched cellar was used for storage. In any case, it is well–preserved!
This arrangement of stadium plus theater combination is almost totally unique to Aizanoi—the only other combination known to this author is found at New Testament Jericho in Israel/Palestine (built by Herod the Great 37–4 B.C.).
Theater with the connecting Stadium beyond.
Aizanoi is a very large Roman site located on the banks of the Penkalas (today Kocaçay) river, a tributary to the Rhyndakos.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus is located just outside of the ancient city of Athens—east southeast of the acropolis.
Temple of Zeus — From Acropolis in Athens
Temple of Zeus in Athens
This huge temple went through several variations but the main one was begun in the fourth century B.C. Antiochus IV Epiphanes (175-164 B.C.); “the abomination of desolation” Daniel 11:31) was very active in building it. It was under construction when Paul visited Athens. It was finally completed by the Roman Emperor Hadrian (ca. A.D. 132).
It was one of the largest temples in the ancient world measuring 360 ft. [110 m.] long and 140 ft. [43 m.] wide.
Column That Fell in 1852
The building was surrounded by 104(!) columns of which 16—one toppled—are still preserved.
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