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With sandy beaches nearby, Dydima (Didim) is the most visited of the Meander Delta sights and has no shortage of souvenirs. This was the Delphi of Ionia, a settlement entirely devoted to the oracle at the shrine of the Temple of Apollo. The extant ruins are from the 4th-century Roman rebuild of the 7th-century BC original. Beside the temple is a well in which pilgrims could wash, looked down on by a much-photographed head of Medusa. The oracle continued to make prophesies until Christianity took over and installed a bishopric. The site was abandoned after 1493 when an earthquake destroyed the temple.

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