Lagina

Just a few kilometers away from Stratonicea was the ancient cult site of Lagina, one of the most important Carian sanctuaries. A 11 km long road called the Sacred Way (ceremonial road) connected the two sites. The establishment of the sanctuary at Lagina as a religious centre dates back to the Seleucids but evidence from the necropolis implies that the origins of the settlement go back to the 7th century BC.

Coordinates: 37° 22′ 42.83″ N, 28° 2′ 21.94″ E

Lagina

The deity worshipped at the sanctuary was the goddess Hecate. She was the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy. She was also associated with crossroads and entrance-ways. In statuary, Hecate was often depicted in triple form, either with three bodies or three heads. Numerous festivals were celebrated at the site during which a procession delivered the key of the temple from Lagina to the bouleuterion in Stratonicea on which the rules of the religious celebrations of Hecate were written.

The sculptural decorations that once adorned the temple are now on display in the Archaeology Museum in Istanbul. They covered all four sides of the building, with scenes representing the episodes from Zeus’ life circle, the battle of gods and giants (Gigantomachy), the mythical battle between the Ancient Greeks and the Amazons (Amazonomachy) as well as scenes from Carian mythology.

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The Sanctuary of Hecate in Lagina, dated to the last quarter of the 2nd century BC, Caria, Turkey
The temple of Hecate stood in the centre of the sacred precinct. It was constructed in 2nd century BC.
The architectural type of the Temple was pseudodipteral, in the Corinthian order, with a peristyle of 11 columns by 8.
The Corinthian columns of the Temple of Hecate.
The Sanctuary of Hecate in Lagina, dated to the last quarter of the 2nd century BC, Caria, Turkey
The paving of the peristyle in front of the Temple.
Corinthian column from the Temple of Hecate.
Corinthian column from the Temple of Hecate.
The Sanctuary of Hecate in Lagina, dated to the last quarter of the 2nd century BC, Caria, Turkey
The Sanctuary of Hecate..
The propylaea (monumental gateway) with a semicircular colonnade at the front, Sanctuary of Hecate in Lagina, Caria, Turkey
The propylaea (monumental gateway) with a semicircular colonnade at the front.
The propylaea (monumental gateway) with a semicircular colonnade at the front, Sanctuary of Hecate in Lagina, Caria, Turkey
A stairway with ten steps led from the propylaea to a paved way and then to the altar.
The stairway with ten steps leading from the propylaea to the Temple.
The precinct surrounding the temple was ca. 150 by 135 m. It was enclosed by a stoa in the Doric order, the S side of which was raised on a flight of 11 steps, with a staircase at the W end
The precinct surrounding the temple was ca. 150 by 135 m. It was enclosed by a stoa in the Doric order.
The south side of the Stoa was raised on a flight of 11 steps, with a staircase at the west end.
The south side of the Stoa was raised on a flight of 11 steps, with a staircase at the west end.
The temple of Hecate.
The temple of Hecate.

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