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Sanctuary of Ammon Zeus

Sanctuary of Ammon Zeus

The Sanctuary of Zeus Ammon is one of Halkidiki’s most prominent temples. Located in Kallithea, few km from Siviri.

The Dionysus Sanctuary was created in the second half of the eighth century B.C. by Euboean, who resided in Afitis, and was worshipped with the Nymphs in the cave beneath the rock on the site’s southwest side.

The Egyptian deity Zeus Ammon’s sanctuary was erected on a tiny plateau on the site’s northern side. ​

An altar was built in the late 5th century B.C., but a peripteros temple of the Doric order with stone entablature (superstructure) was built adjacent to it in the second half of the 4th century.

It was replaced with a marble one in the late third or early second century, with embossed and coloured clay tiles on the roof.

Based on the architectural pieces that have been discovered, it is conceivable to restore its design.​​

During the Roman time (1st-2nd c. A.D.), the sanctuary was renovated, and the material was used to construct two terraced buildings (stands) on its short south side, with a new little altar placed between them. The devotees would take part in the ceremonies there.

According to the discoveries, the temple’s Roman phase continued until the time of Constantine the Great’s descendants, when it was totally demolished.

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