Prytaneion In Ephesus

Prytaneion
The Prytaneion is where religious ceremonies , official receptions and banquets were held. The sacred flame symbolizing the heart of Ephesus was kept constantly alight in the Prytaneion. The construction of the building dates to the 3rd century B.C, during the reign of Lysimachos, but the ruins of the complex dates to the Augustan age.

The Prytaneion or the Town Hall. Citizens known as the "Prytan" would maintain the eternal flame of Hestia here. At the front of the Prytaneion were eight large Doric columns. The figure of Artemis that is in the Ephesus Museum was found here.

Dedicated to the goddess Hestia, it contained the sacred flame of the city that was never allowed to go out. The Prytaneion was also the place where official visitors were received by dignitaries and where two important statues of the Ephesian Artemis were found.

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