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Aspendos march 2012 4714.jpg
23-MAR-2011

Aspendos march 2012 4714.jpg

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In the monumental hall at the north end of the basilica official or legal business was carried on. It is rectangular in plan (20 x 14½ m), and still 15 m in height. It was built of huge conglomerate blocks, with walls of two meters in thickness. The rubblestone masonry in the upper parts of the walls belong to later restorations. There is one arched door on the north side, and three on the south side, which led through into the basilica. Inside the building, on the east and on the west walls, there are three niches each; the middle niches are large and vaulted. Statues of emperor Hadran and of a Roman woman (now in the Antalya Museum), were found in the vicinity of the building, and it is most probable that they were placed in these niches.
This ceremonial hall must therefore date from around the early 2nd century AD.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Source: ‘Aspendos, a travel guide’ – Edip Özgür / Antalya Müzesi. 1988.

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