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Aizanoi (Turkey) — A Monumental Site — Visited by Paul?

Aizanoi (Aezani, modern Çavdarhisar) is a site that is located 170 mi. southwest of Ankara (as “the crow flies”).

Temple of Zeus at Aizanoi

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.

View looking east inside of the huge subterranean cellar that runs under the whole temple.

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!

View looking north down the length of the stadium toward the theater. Note the raised area on the right and left of the image—the seating area of the stadium. The outside wall of the theater can be seen in the distance!

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.

Dr. Mark Wilson states that “Paul probably passed through the Greco–Roman city of Aizanoi while passing through Mysa on his second journey to Troas (Acts 16:8)” Biblical Turkey — A Guide to the Jewish and Christian Sites of Asia Minor, p. 161.

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Huge Temple of Zeus in Athens

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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