Begun in the 1st century the construction of the Temple of Aphrodite was paid for by Aphrodisias’ most famous and wealthy citizen, Zoilos. In the 2nd century AD the temple had a colonnaded courtyard enclosure built around it. Around 500 AD the temple was converted into a Basilica church and was extensively rebuilt and remodelled into a building much larger than the original temple.
Date of Visit
14th to 21st July 2012
Joshua Bryant, “Temple of Aphrodite/Christian Basilica, Aphrodisias,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed December 3, 2023, https://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/251.