In terms of sculpture the Sebasteion is certainly the jewel in the crown of Aphrodisias.

It was a monument jointly dedicated to Aphrodite and to Augustus, and the emperors who succeeded him, and comprises two parallel porticoes 80m in length and 12m high.

A relief from the Sebasteion at Aphrodisias

The height was divided into three storeys each of which featured sculpture and relief panels, one of which can be seen above.

In fact the Museum contains much of the original art from the Sebasteion along with diagrams and explanations to show how it looked originally.

Meanwhile they are slowly recreating the Sebasteion outside opposite the Museum and, while the area is still fenced off as work is not yet completed, you can get a glimpse of what it must have looked like in its heyday.

The Sebasteion is on the left with the nearest area having been reconstructed with reproductions of the original panels.

Nothing else quite like the Sebasteion has yet been discovered amongst the remains of the Graeco-Roman world – so be sure to see it when you go to Aphrodisias.

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