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."
(Iliad, I, 37-42, Samuel Butler)

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 and abductions:
Paris's kipdnapping of beautiful Helen..., Hector, prince of Troy's defeat by the Achaean hero Achilles
Apollon's arrows that spread plague among the Achaens..., Zeus trysting with nymphs

and Odysseus, king of Ithaka, working his wily stratagems...

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.      

The temple of Apollo Smintheus is open all year round.
The museum is open from June 15th - August 31st, from 6.00 AM -7.30 PM

All info taken from the sponsor's  (Efes Pilsen) leaflet               İ 2000 Webmaster ASSOS

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