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Ain Dara Neo-Hittite Temple

Ain Dara is located in northern Syria, about 65 km. northwest of Aleppo. In 1955 the discovery of a monumental basalt lion led to the excavation of Ain Dara. The temple is 30 by 20 meters in size and consists of three rooms; a small porch, a middle room and an inner room or main hall. The building was constructed and extended during the period between 1300 and 1000 BCE.

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Basalt Lion
The Temple
Bottom Part of a Relief

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Image sources:
Dick Osseman, D.Osseman Syria Galleries.
Ignacio Sebastian, 1997.