Facts about the Temple of Artemis
The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus was built to honor Artemis, one of Olympus’ three maiden goddesses. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, this temple is considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was constructed in Ephesus (an ancient city), which is now located near Selcuk, Turkey. It had to be rebuilt at least three times due to fire, flood, and a zealous mob intent on destroying it. It grew larger and more beautiful and impressive with each rebuilding.
The Temple of Diana is another name for the Temple of Artemis.
Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and an Olympian God. She was the moon goddess as well as the hunt goddess. She was also the identical twin sister of
The first temple was constructed around 800 BC.
In the seventh century, the first temple was destroyed. In 550 BC, reconstruction began. It took approximately ten years to rebuild. According to some historians, it was destroyed by a flood. Others believe it was caused by the war.
The second temple was roughly four times larger in area than the first.
The temple was rebuilt on the same site each time.
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus was described as more marvelous than any of the other six wonders by Antipater of Sidon, who first compiled the list of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Herostratus burned down the temple the second time it was destroyed. He started the fire in order to make himself famous. It backfired, as anyone who mentioned his name was sentenced to death.
Herostratus started the fire on the same day that Alexander the Great was born.
Years later, Alexander the Great paid a visit to the town and offered to contribute to the cost of rebuilding it in exchange for having his name engraved on it. Because the townspeople did not want his name to be engraved anywhere on or in the temple, his name was not engraved anywhere on or in the temple.
After Alexander the Great died, the temple was finally rebuilt.
This temple may have been the first to be built of marble. It may also be the first building ever built of marble in history.
In 268 A.D., an East Germanic tribe (the Goths) destroyed the temple once more.
The temple served as both a place of worship and a marketplace at various times.
The temple was 450 feet long and 225 feet wide the third time it was built. It stood 60 feet tall and contained at least 127 columns.
The third temple stood for approximately 600 years. It was never rebuilt after being destroyed by the Goths in 268 A.D.
One of the reasons it was not rebuilt was that the cost of construction would have been prohibitively expensive.
Some of the columns in Hagia Sophia (a church in Istanbul, Turkey) are thought to have been part of the Temple of Artemis.
The temple’s former location is now a swamp.
In 401 A.D., St. John Chrysostom had the temple demolished.
The British Museum in London, England, houses remnants of the temple.