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Uzuncaburç - TurkeyThe remote village of Uzuncaburç (Tall-ish Tower, High Tower) is located high in the Taurus Mountains at about 32 km from Silifke. Once it was the ancient temple city of Olbia also called Olba and was a center of worship to Zeus Olbius. This site, originally the Zeus Cult Centre, was separated by the Romans from the Hellenistic city of Olba and was given a city-state status with a new name Diocaesarea in 72 AD. The Zeus temple, high tower, and mausoleum date from the Hellenistic Olba kingdom while the city gate, collonaded street, fountain, and the temple of Tyche are from the Roman period. The temple of Zeus Olbios dates from about 300 BC and is an example of Corinthian architecture. It was converted into a church by the Byzantines. Another sanctuary is the temple of Tyche, the goddess of chance, which dates from the second half of the first century AD Only five marble columns joined by an architrave remain of it. The three-arched city gate dates from the 5th century AD. There are no remarkable remains from the Byzantine churches. The 22 meter Hellenistic High Tower from which Uzuncaburç derived its name was once part of the city wall. It is believed that it also played a role in an ancient signalling network using reflecting sunlight on polished shields to relay messages. The necropolis, just outside the modern village, was used in Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods.



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