The Fountain of Gaius Laecanius Bassus Hydrekdocheion in Ephesus

Remains of the Gaius Laecanius Bassus in Ephesus
Remains of the Gaius Laecanius Bassus in Ephesus

This monumental fountain is located on the corner where the road from the south of the Àgora and the road from Domitian Square intersect each other. The Gaius Laecanius Bassus Fountain. which is one of the monumental fountains in Ephesus, was built in the direction of the Temple of Domitian. It consists of a courtyard, two tiers of columns on all three sides, and two pools in the front. It also has a large pediment on the facade.

Some of the Statues of the Gaius Laecanius Bassus in the Ephesus Museum
Some of the Statues of the Gaius Laecanius Bassus in the Ephesus Museum

The pediment is at the height of 9 meters. In each tier, the columns are arranged in pairs. On the facade there are 20 and on each side, there are 14 columns. There were statues in the niches with frontals located between two columns. The statues of Triton, the Nymphs, and Muses, which were discovered during excavations, are on display in the Hall of the Fountain Relics, in the Ephesus Museum.

According to an inscription, the fountain was built between 75-80 by Gaius Laecanius Bassus, one of the governors of the Asian province.


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