Temple of Artemis – Ephesus (Selçuk) Overview
The Great Temple of Artemis, one of the seven Wonders of the ancient world, is reached from the Kuşadası turn off. Only one column of the Archaic Temple of Artemis can be seen today. The first altar was built by the ionians in 700 B.C. and they started to built a bigger temple as the city developed. The temple, the construction of which lasted 120 years, was a magnificent structure of its time, but it was destroyed 200 years after its construction. Alexander the Great offered sacrifices to gods in the ruins of the temple, which was burnt down on the day of his birth and wanted to rebuilt the temple.
However, the Ephesians refused his offer and rebuilt it themselves. This Hellenistic period temple was destroyed by the Goths in 263 B.C.