Aezani – The Temple of Zeus and a ‘Lost World’

I suspect that most people drive through Çavdarhisar and barely notice; it is, after all, a pretty nondescript dot on the map on the road to or from Kütahya about 60km southwest of that town. If you take the time, turn off the main road, and follow the signs for about 1 km you’ll arrive at the site of the Roman city of Aezani.


Aezani is spread out over a vast area each side of the road, but it is the Temple of Zeus built by Hadrian in 125 AD that dominates the site. Said to be the finest surviving example this temple to the ‘God of Gods’ is truly impressive with an immense underground vault or sanctuary dedicated to Cybele whose well preserved bust stands at the foot of the temple mound.

Imposing as Aezani is, it is not what fascinates me and draws me back from time to time. My interest lies in the ‘village’ of Çavdarhisar that lies between the main road and the historic site. As you arrive at the site, roads either side of the river lead to a ‘lost world’ of village life and scenes – rather than try and describe this world to you I’ll let my inadequate views through my battered old SLR lead you into this world. Perhaps, like me, you will be drawn back again and again . .

Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü


window detail

Goosey Goosey Gander . .
the yard

their life in ruins . .
old Roman bridge
mosaic floor found under a cow shed in village
sarcophagous water trough
ruins from ruins

8 thoughts on “Aezani – The Temple of Zeus and a ‘Lost World’

      1. They can keep that job Alan – Looks tedious. Rather have my job where I can wander to FB when I get bored. Love all these off the beaten track places you end up in.

  1. Hello Alan, I have been reading your blog for a while now but never left a comment although I’ve enjoyed so many of your posts, especially those relating to your travels to lesser-known places in Turkey, and those on botany – two of my own interests. But this post prompts me to leave my very first comment on a blog (can you get a prize for this I wonder?). Your very evocative photographs have made me want to go to Çavdarhisar right now. It takes me back to the descriptions by 18th and 19th C travelers in Turkey – the mosaic in the cowshed! I thought places like this village, built among, with, and on ruins had ceased to exist. Thank you for your wonderful blog and please keep writing!

    1. Hello Christine! First, welcome to the blog and thank you for your encouraging words. Leaving comments is a great way to interact with others who share something in common with you.
      As for a prize – actually, if you follow the blog on NetworkedBlogs and Facebook by clicking the boxes to the right, you stand 2 chances of winning the original Okcular book and a Book Project t-shirt.
      On the subject of life continuing amongst the ruins, there is no doubt that this is a vanishing scene from the Turkish panorama – a great shame because it adds so much colour and pleasure to exploration.
      I hope you will come back with more comments over time (assuming you find the posts stimulating/interesting enough).

    1. . . thanks Jack, appreciate the compliment. As for your duzalut – disalud – disa – aw sod it – cheers!!

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