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The view is looking east from the rectangular courtyard toward the platform where the main temple was located. Although the six stairs are preserved, not much is known about the temple itself.
The Doric columns of the lower story of the two porticos flanking the courtyard are visible on each side of the image.
The Sebasteion was a complex of structures that served as a municipal imperial cult sanctuary. It was dedicated to Aphrodite, the main deity of Aphrodisias, and to the "gods Sebastoi"—that is to the "August Ones," namely Julius Caesar and his successors. Local elite persons built it to solidify their ties with Rome. Its construction began during the reign of Tiberius (AD 14–37) and continued into the reign of Nero (54-68).