The temple monument has crucial importance for the history of the region at the beginning of the Roman imperial period: it monumentalizes Roman dominance, and also preserved the most complete inscribed copy of Res Gestae divi Augusti (a magnificent piece of imperial propaganda about the achievements of Augustus). I'm also intrigued by the reuse of the building by at least three distinct religious traditions--Roman, Byzantine Christian, and Islamic. Unfortunately, it's hard to get close to the front of the monument or the side with some preserved (but worn) inscription. Still worth a visit. And it's free.
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