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JERASH Columns of the Temple of Artemis.

The Jerash Temple of Artemis is a Roman temple in Jerash, Jordan. The temple was built on one of the highest points and dominated the whole city. Ruins of the temple are still one of the most remarkable monuments left of the ancient city of Gerasa.

Artemis was the patron goddess of the city and was highly esteemed by the Hellenistic population of Gerasa, while the Semitic part of the population preferred Zeus. Construction of the temple was finished in CE 150, during the reign of Emperor Antoninus Pius. The building had a hexastyle portico with twelve columns, of which eleven are still standing. Corinthian capitals decorating the columns are very well preserved. The temple walls had three entrances decorated with three Corinthian pilasters.

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Qiryat Motzkin

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  • Uploaded on December 20, 2007
  • Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
    by Nadia Kushnir
    • Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D200
    • Taken on 2006/09/29 11:48:55
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 23.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO250
    • Exposure Bias: -0.67 EV
    • No flash