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THE TRAIAN FOUNTAIN (Ephesus)

The traian fountain was built around 110 A.D. and dedicated to the Roman Emperor Traian.

It is located around the north end of the Curettes Road, on the east side. It is mainly a fountain, surrounding a pool which is 5.2 x 11.9 m. in dimensions, on three sides. The recently renovated fountain is a two storey structure. The columns standing on the ground level have composite style heads and the upper storey columns have corinthian style heads.

The front side of the monumental fountain was decorated with a number of statues. The largest and the most important of these was the Emperor Traian's statue. The pedestal and one of the feet belonging to this statue is still in its original place. The statues of Dionysus and Aphrodite are on display at the Hall of Fountain Findings, the Ephesus Museum.

The water used pour into the pool from an opening under the pedestal of the statue of the emperor. People of Ephesus were getting the water from a second and narrower pool of 1.9 m. length which was connected to the main pool.

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