THE VEDIUS GYMNASIUM (Ephesus)
One of the best preserved structures of the city. It is known to be built by the wealthy Vedius family of Ephesus, and dedicated to goddess Artemis and Emperor Antonius Pius in the middle of 2nd century A.D.
It consisted of a gymnasium and a bath. The Vedius Gymnasium was located on the west of the Stadium. The main entry to the complex was on the east side. In the niche on the west side wall a statue of the emperor was standing.
All the statues found during the excavations were taken to Izmir Archeological Museum to display.
The ceremony room or the emperor's room has been preserved in a good shape. Through a monumental entry hall (propylon) one enters into the palaestra (sports field). This was a 40 x 50m. large open field surrounded by the columns of 5m high.
A full functioned bath and a big toilet was part of the complex.
The Vedius Gymnasium has largely been excavated and restored but still not finalized.
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