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The temple at Claros was famed in Hellenistic times, and more particularly in Roman times, for its oracle. There was a sacred spring and wood in this area. and the holy place had been the centre of an important cult, according to Homer, since 7th and 6th centuries B.C..The oracle was consulted beneath the cella of the temple, unlike Delphi, however, the divine revelations were made through a male prophet rather than a prophetess. The seer would enter a cave or underground chamber and having drunk the mysteriously endowed holy water, would utter the prphecy in the form of scanned poetry. This always happened at night. The prophets here were changed every year. In addition there were one or two scribes. Specimens of the Apollonian oracle have been found as far as field as Algeria, Rome.Sardinia and even Britain.

At first sight there does not seem to be a lot at this site, but it is worth the visit to get an insight into the mystery that surrounded the oracle and the way the prophesies were made deep under the temple. These chambers can still be seen although they are often filled with water in the spring.
The Propylon
Temple of Apollo           The propylon served as an entrance for those approaching by sea. It was approximately square and built in the Doric style, four columns facing south to the sea and two on side facing the temple. The surfaces of the columns are covered with inscriptions carved in the 2nd century A.D. . These comprise lists of deputations from Asia Minor, Thrace and Eastern Europe and in addition the names of the boys and girls and young people who sang hymns to the god Apollo are inscribed on the columns. 
Slightly later a colonnade set aside for business purposes was built along the western side of the propylon and on the eastern side a semi-circular exedra was added. The sacred way extended from the propylon to the temple. Several small monuments were erected along the way, in honour of prominent Roman men of the day, particularly the governors of the Roman province of Asia. These are all 1st century B.C. Monument
The Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apoolo
Temple of Apollo
The temple of Apollo was also of the Doric order. Built as a peripteros with elen columns on the long side and six on the short it rested on a five stepped krepidoma. The temple collapsed because of an earthquake and some of the columns still lie on the ground complete with capitals. It was probably constructed in the late 4th century B.C. or at the beginning of the Hellenistic era. According to an inscription on the architrave it was completed in the time of Hadrian, although an earlier temple had been built on the site. Sizeable portions of huge statues representing Apollo, Artemis and Leto were discovered within the cella and can be see standing a little way from the temple.
Temple of Apollo Temple of Apollo
Apoolo, Artemis
The function of the oracle within the temple was designed to strike awe and fear into its supplicants! One was led through a labyrinth of corridors in darkness to the subterranean chambers occupied by the oracle. In the area around the entrance there are two corridors of blue marble running parallel with each other, one in the north, the other in the south. Each corridor makes a right angled bend and continues for a little way as a single passageway. They then seperate and complete the symmetrical plan begun on the east. These both led to the adyton, the innermost shrine, which consisted of  two underground vaulted chambers beneath the cella  In the first of these, at a depth of 6.4m there were stone benches and the sacred stone of Apollo, an omphalos made of blue stone.  
This was a waiting room and was occupied by the prophet, the thespiodos and the scribe.  The second chamber was seperated from this by a massive wall with a communicating door. Here there was the statue of a seated Apollo.This was entered solely by the diviner and entered in complete darkness. A rectangular well was inside this room, the source of holy water. The prophet would drink this and recite the metricallines of poetry prepared by the thespiodos and answer the questions of those coming for advice.