Temple of APOLLO SMINTHEUS and MUSEUM at Gülpinar
|In the ILIAD, the immortal epic of Homer of Smyrna (Izmir), greatest poet of his time, the priest of the temple of Apollo Smintheus says:|
"Hear me,..., O god of the silver bow, that protects
Chryse and holy Cilla and rulest Tenedos with thy might, hear me oh thou of Sminthe. If I
have ever decked your temple with garlands, or burned your thigh-bones in fat of bulls or
goats, grant my prayer, and let your arrows avenge these my tears upon the Danans."
|These lines were addressed to the
Anatolian god Apollo, son of Leto and Zeus, the latter being the father of all gods.
Apollo, king of Tenedos and patron god of Chryse (nowadays Bozcaada and Gülpinar), sided with the Anatolians in the great war between the Achaeans and the Trojans.
The temple of Apollo (Mouse Apollo) was built by the people of the Troad to express their thanks to the god.
Among the things that make the temple unique are figured elements depicting the Trojan war as it is described in Homer's epic.
A beautiful region alive with history, the
events of the past casting a spell on its visitors.Thousands of years are etched in the
IDA MOUNTAINS (Kaz Dagi). It witnessed the Troyan war of the Achaean kings, their rages
After the first excavations in 1866 the temple was forgotten. Since 1980 Prof. Dr. A Coskun Özgünel conducted the ongoing excavations of the second largest temple of Apollo (after Didyma) in Anatolia.
temple of Apollo Smintheus is open all year round.
All info taken from the sponsor's (Efes Pilsen) leaflet © 2000 Webmaster ASSOS
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