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Belevi Mausoleum

On the Izmir road 13 km. from Selšuk on the eastern side of the intersection is a mausoleum at Belevi that was the second highest in Anatolia after the mausoleum at Halikarnassis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Judging by the remains, the podium was 11.37m high built on bedrock and was decorated by hand-worked stone on all four sides. A grave chamber was carved into the south side of the rock. In the Ephesus Museum you can view a sarcophagus taken from the grave chamber. On the podium were eight columns on each of four sides of a Doric peristasis. Again according to remains, the cornege of the second level was 11.32m above the podium, giving a total height of 23 meters. How the top was finished is unknown.

The mausoleum dates from the Hellenistic period. Moreover, it is reputed to be the grave of Seleucid king Antiochus II who died in Ephesus in 246 BC.

In the northwest of the Belevi township is a castle high in the mountains that has a view to make one's hair stand on end.