Labraunda

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    From the East Propylon one can descend a short distance to the south-east, where there is a columnar structure at the eastern end of the large retaining wall outside the gate buildings. This little building outside the sacred area is evidently of Roman date. It has, however, not been excavated. It has three rows of columns, and was evidently roofed. It may have served as a well-house, and it is possible that visitors could clean themselves here before entering the shrine. Another possibility is that this is where the eels or fish that are mentioned by Pliny and Aelian were kept. According to Pliny “in the spring of Jupiter of Labraynda, the eels even wear ear-rings”, and Aelian writes that “in the shrine of Zeus at Labraunda there is a spring with clear water, where the fish have golden necklaces and ear-rings, also of gold.”

The Hypostyle Structure from the north.