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Temple of Bacchus

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The temple of Bacchus is so impressive thanks to its state of preservation. The temple was dedicated to Bacchus (Dionysus), the Roman God of wine, but was traditionally referred to as the ‘Temple of the Sun’. One of the best preserved Roman temples, it has an immaculately carved lintel or roof, and it is supported and guarded by forty-two Corinthian columns, standing 19 m high. The columns support a richly carved entablature. Inside, the cella is decorated with Corinthian half-columns, flanking two levels of niches on each side, containing scenes from the birth and life of Bacchus. The inner shrine stands above a flight of steps. On the western side, a plaque commemorating the visit of Kaiser Wilhelm further proves that people have been visiting this fantastic sight long before you.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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