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Ionic Columns
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View looking north at the remains of the Temple of Athena at Priene.  Clearly visible are five Ionic Columns and Capitals as well as the rock north of Priene on top of which is the acropolis.

Alexander the Great, about 333 B.C., ordered the construction of the Athena Temple.  It was designed by the architect Pythius, famous for his design of the Halicarnassus Mausoleum – one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

This Temple of Athena contained a smaller, 23 ft. [ 7 m.] high, version of the statue of Athena that was in the Parthenon in Athens.

For a brief description of Priene and a map Click Here.