Artemisial Neglect

Hurriyet relates the state of affairs at the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus … erstwhile wonder, of course:

The site of the historic Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, looks more like a zoo these days as ducks, geese, chickens and sheep wander around its unfenced grounds.

Visited by approximately 1.5 million people a year, the temple lies within the boundaries of the Selçuk district in Aydın. Built by Croesus, the king of Lydia from around 560 to 550 B.C., it was burned down in 356 B.C. by a man called Herostratus who wanted to immortalize his name. Afterward, the temple was rebuilt on the same scale as the original, but three meters higher.


Though by its nature an important tourism spot, the Temple of Artemis retains little of its former glory. Only one column is still erect while remnants of others lie on the ground. Representatives of the tourism industry want to see this pitiful state improved. They are asking to have informational signs put up at the site to guide tourists and a mockup of the temple to be built there based on the building’s known architectural structure. They also want to have a fence put around the area to keep animals and cattle from roaming around the ruins.

We’ve mentioned the (possibly tacky) plans to rebuild before

UPDATE (03/20/09): From Today’s Zaman comes another short item on plans to rebuild/reconstruct the Temple (or at least a model of it):

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