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The Temple of Athena Polias

This temple is situated south of the main street which divides the town in two from the center. Of this building, the most famous in the city, only the foundations remain. The architect and sculptor of this building was Pytheus, the theorist of the Ionic style, and at the same time a man of letters, sculptor and architect. The temple was built with the financial aid of Alexander the Great. It was one of the finest examples of Ionian architecture in Asia Minor. The long sides each had the short ones six, and in the front the statue of the goddess rose to height of 7 meters.
The temple had a porch and a high entrance door. Its slender elegance and fine decoration made it a flawless model of Ionian architecture. There were no friezes between the capitals of the columns and the cornices. The Temple of Athena was destroyed in Can earthquake in the early Middle Ages.
On the upper side of the city, situated in spacious courts among the fields under the Acropolis Hill, were the temples of Demeter and Core. By the market-place, surrounded by rooms and halls, is the Temple of Asclepius, God of Healing.

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