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Haci Bayram Paşa and the Temple of Augustus

Sarıbağ Sokak, Ankara

The Temple of Augustus and the adjoining Haci Bayram Pasha Mosque are astonishing examples of an imperial era temple and fifteenth century mosque, the latter reconstructed out of the ruins of the former. The Mosque is Seljuk in style, restored in the 16th century by Sinan, and embellished with Kutahya tiles in the 18th. The Temple, meanwhile, carries an astonishing inscription that runs around the entire building - the Res Gestae Divi Augusti - an account of Augustus’s life and deeds. The juxtaposition of imposing roman temple and elegant mediaeval mosque is complex and compelling.

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