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Labraunda aka Labranda near Milas

Bütün Türkiye resimleri için buraya basınız veya Başka antik yerleri için buraya basınız
This gallery is in the SW Aegean and W Med topic
My page with very many Turkish cities OR Other antique cities

Labranda (I think Labraunda may be the more usual name) refers to labrys (=double bladed axe). It has an ancient history, but was conquered by the Persians (after the nearby Milas) and had to be rebuilt. This was done by the satrap Mausolos (377-353 v. Chr.) and his two brothers after him. He saw it as his ancestral sacred shrine. In the Wikipedia it is suggested there existed a golden double axe in Priene that somehow got in the hands of the Labranda people, who kept it in the Temple of Zeus Labraundos.

The setting is beautiful, high up in the hills. You have great views over those hills, and if you are in luck the very friendly guard will show you around. To be the only visitor (as I was in March 2007) is an experience not easily forgotten. The more usual visit seems to be: arrive by bus, be shown around in 20 minutes, and off you go.

I show roughly my walk over the site: arrive, gradually climb till the grave higher up, and then down again. In 2015 I returned, and made approximately the same tour, but taking very many more pictures, combining some into panoramas (and yet showing the individual pictures). You may notice that spring is a better time for a visit, though the flowers tend to push the archaeology aside. I was advancing well with the captions when I came across a really excellent site (from which I borrowed some texts, though most texts are from notices on site). In 2020 I put names to almost all pictures, and collected some (a decent amoun to get an idea)in sub-gallies. However, I kept them also in the general gallery, so you can still make the virtual walk .
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Andron A
Andron A
Andron B
Andron B
Andron C
Andron C
Byzantine Church
Byzantine Church
Doric Building
Doric Building
East Propylon
East Propylon
South Propylon
South Propylon
North Stoa
North Stoa
Oikoi Building
Oikoi Building
Zeus temple
Zeus temple
Tomb
Tomb
Well House
Well House
Labraunda map 3812.jpg
Labraunda map 3812.jpg
Labranda info 5575.jpg
Labranda info 5575.jpg
Labraunda info 3811.jpg
Labraunda info 3811.jpg
Labraunda reconstruction drawing 3813.jpg
Labraunda reconstruction drawing 3813.jpg
Labraunda Impression of sacrifice 3814.jpg
Labraunda Impression of sacrifice 3814.jpg
Labranda guard 5650.jpg
Labranda guard 5650.jpg
Labraunda approach to South Propylon 5576.jpg
Labraunda approach to South Propylon 5576.jpg
Labraunda approach to South Propylon 5577.jpg
Labraunda approach to South Propylon 5577.jpg
Labraunda approach to South Propylon 5578.jpg
Labraunda approach to South Propylon 5578.jpg
Labranda South Propylon and Doric Building 5579.jpg
Labranda South Propylon and Doric Building 5579.jpg
Labranda South Propylon info  5580.jpg
Labranda South Propylon info 5580.jpg
Labranda Byzantine church 5586.jpg
Labranda Byzantine church 5586.jpg
Labraunda Byzantine Church 5589.jpg
Labraunda Byzantine Church 5589.jpg
Labraunda Southern Propylon ahead 5590.jpg
Labraunda Southern Propylon ahead 5590.jpg
Labraunda Byzantine Church and more 5592.jpg
Labraunda Byzantine Church and more 5592.jpg
Labranda view 5596.jpg
Labranda view 5596.jpg
Labranda below Andron B terrace 5599.jpg
Labranda below Andron B terrace 5599.jpg
Labranda 5602.jpg
Labranda 5602.jpg
Labranda Temple of Zeus 5625.jpg
Labranda Temple of Zeus 5625.jpg
Labranda Oikoi building info 5637.jpg
Labranda Oikoi building info 5637.jpg
Labranda Oikoi building 5638.jpg
Labranda Oikoi building 5638.jpg
Labranda Temple of Zeus 5639.jpg
Labranda Temple of Zeus 5639.jpg
Labranda Southern Propylon and Doric Building and Church 5651.jpg
Labranda Southern Propylon and Doric Building and Church 5651.jpg
Labranda Southern Propylon and Doric Building and Church 5652.jpg
Labranda Southern Propylon and Doric Building and Church 5652.jpg
Labraunda at southwest edge 5653.jpg
Labraunda at southwest edge 5653.jpg
Labraunda Probably road to entrance 3786.jpg
Labraunda Probably road to entrance 3786.jpg
Labraunda Hypostyle ahead 5591.jpg
Labraunda Hypostyle ahead 5591.jpg
Labranda Hypostyle Building 5593.jpg
Labranda Hypostyle Building 5593.jpg
Labranda Hypostyle Building 5594.jpg
Labranda Hypostyle Building 5594.jpg
Labraunda Hypostyle Building 3787.jpg
Labraunda Hypostyle Building 3787.jpg
Labraunda Hypostyle Building 3788.jpg
Labraunda Hypostyle Building 3788.jpg
Labraunda Hypostyle Building 3789.jpg
Labraunda Hypostyle Building 3789.jpg
Labraunda South Terrace 3773 Panorama.jpg
Labraunda South Terrace 3773 Panorama.jpg
Labraunda South Terrace 3773.jpg
Labraunda South Terrace 3773.jpg
Labraunda South Terrace 3774.jpg
Labraunda South Terrace 3774.jpg
Labraunda October 2015 3776.jpg
Labraunda October 2015 3776.jpg
Labraunda South Terrace 3777.jpg
Labraunda South Terrace 3777.jpg
Labraunda left South Propylon right Doric Building 3779.jpg
Labraunda left South Propylon right Doric Building 3779.jpg
Labraunda East Propylon info 3780.jpg
Labraunda East Propylon info 3780.jpg
Labraunda South Propylon looking south 3805.jpg
Labraunda South Propylon looking south 3805.jpg
Labraunda Eastern Propylon 3800.jpg
Labraunda Eastern Propylon 3800.jpg
Labraunda Doric Building 3804.jpg
Labraunda Doric Building 3804.jpg
Labranda Southern Propylon and Doric Building and Church 5598.jpg
Labranda Southern Propylon and Doric Building and Church 5598.jpg
Labraunda left Byzantine Church ahead Southern Propylon 5597.jpg
Labraunda left Byzantine Church ahead Southern Propylon 5597.jpg
Labraunda October 2015 3781 Panorama.jpg
Labraunda October 2015 3781 Panorama.jpg
Labranda 5581.jpg
Labranda 5581.jpg
Labranda 5582.jpg
Labranda 5582.jpg
Labraunda Doric Building 3781.jpg
Labraunda Doric Building 3781.jpg
Labraunda Doric Building 3782.jpg
Labraunda Doric Building 3782.jpg
Labraunda Doric Building 3783.jpg
Labraunda Doric Building 3783.jpg
Labraunda Doric Building 3784.jpg
Labraunda Doric Building 3784.jpg
Labraunda October 2015 3785.jpg
Labraunda October 2015 3785.jpg
Labraunda South Baths 3802.jpg
Labraunda South Baths 3802.jpg
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