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City fountain (Nymphaeum) Jun 22, 2018


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City fountain (Nymphaeum)

This big monumental fountain of Side is situated opposite the main gate and outside the citadel. With its current status, because the marble coating it has lost its original magnificence, embossed designs and statues on it are absent and the top floor of this three floored building has been ruined.
It is original length was 35 m and height was 15 m.
The city is supposed to be constructed during the reign of Antonius Oius in around 150 BC , in the same period as the aqueducts of the city. The water to this Nymphaeum was brought from the aqueduct through a large water pipe.
There was three floored high front side, the wings which extended towards the front on the sides and a wide pool with three sections surrounded by these.
The front side of the fountain was decorated with three large overlapped niches, each having three water gutters.
The arched niches were separated from one another by Korinth style columns. Inside the niches there were statues. Between the layers carried by the columns and also on the top sections there were decorated entablatures.
Today, many statues and reliefs belonging to Side nymphaeum are kept in Side Museum.

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