THE SANCTUARY OF THE MOTHER GODDESS CYBELE NEAR EPHESUS
There are a number of holes on the northern slope of the Panayir Dağ (500 feet) over looking the Temple of Artemis near Ephesus ancient city. Investigations have shown that there holes contained some stellae or sepulchral monuments representing Cybele, The Mother Goddess of Asia Mİnor, with a lion sitting at her feet.
Sometimes seen with the Goddess are a young man (Attis), and sometimes a young man with an old man (Zeus). Characteristics of style and inscriptions suggest that the building was a mountain temple (fourth and first centuries B.C ) dedicated to the worship of Cybele.