Inside the Temple of Apollo at Didyma


published on 16 January 2014

This is a view down into the inner chamber or adyton of the Temple of Apollo at Didyma in present-day western Turkey. The temple was unique in that the adyton was sunk below the level of the temple platform. This picture was taken from the top of the ancient staircase that led from the top of the temple platform back down into the adyton. This area was also without a roof and was left unpaved, allowing for the cultivation of a grove of trees considered sacred to the god Apollo. The ruins of the naiskos or inner temple where the cult statue of Apollo was kept can be seen in the far back corner of the adyton. During the 5th or 6th century CE, local Christians built a church in this space. The apse of the church rested on this staircase and a baptistery was built over the remains of the naiskos.

Help us write more

We're a small non-profit organisation run by a handful of volunteers. Each article costs us about $50 in history books as source material, plus editing and server costs. You can help us create even more free articles for as little as $5 per month, and we'll give you an ad-free experience to thank you! Become a Member

Image License

Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon this content non-commercially, as long as they credit the author and license their new creations under the identical terms.

Read the licensing terms for more information on how to use this image legally.

Commercial Use

For commercial use, please contact the editors by email () to discuss whether this image can be licensed.

If you are not sure whether your project is commercial then please also get in touch for clarification.