"Water Palace/Hydrekdocheion" Ephesus Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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Located on the southwest corner of the State Agora there are the remains of a fountain. According to an inscription the construction of this fountain was ordered by Gaius Laecanius Bassus in 80-82 AD. The facade was constructed by Bassus, one of the governors of Ephesus, and was richly decorated with two floors which faced the street. The statues of Tritons and Muses (sea creatures and river gods), which were found at the fountain, are now on display at the Ephesus Museum in Selcuk. Because of the enormous size of the fountain it is also referred to as the "Water Palace".

This fountain is connected to another fountain located just opposite it to the west of the State Agora, and also to a storage cistern. The main section consists of a body in the form of a semicircle and was built in the 2nd century AD. The fountain building aligned with Domitian Lane and the terrace of the Temple of Domitian. The main basin measured 12.35m by 8.30m, which served as a water reservoir.

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