The Temple of Apollo is the fourth largest Greektemple in the world located in Didyma, an ancient Greek sanctuary thats found onthe coast of Ionia. Originally it started off as a small temple which was laterrebuilt in the 6th century and rebuilt again over 30 years after due to itbeing destroyed during the conquest of Alexander the Great. The Parthenon on theother hand, was built before this in the 5th century and is atraditional mainland temple located in the Acropolis of Athens. This is a rockyoutcrop above the city of Athens that now contains the remains of severalancient buildings.

The building was dedicated to the god Athena and was used asa treasury however its primary function was to house the colossal gold statueof Athena constructed by Phidias.     The Parthenon is a peripteral temple that followsthe doric order, it has a regular rectangular floor plan that has low steps thatgo around each of the 4 sides of the building, and a colonnade of Doric style columnsthat extend around the edges of the entire structure. Aswell as the Doric stylethe Parthenon also contains some elements of the ionic style, it features acontinuous sculpted frieze which is inspired by the Ionic order, it also hasfour Ionic columns supporting the roof of the opisthodomos. In contrast with theParthenon the Temple of Apollo was a Hellenistic temple that combined both thestyles of the corinthian and ionic orders.

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This causes the collums of theTemple of Apollo to contain two opposed volutes and to have a more ornamental anddecorative pattern running up it. In terms of organisation it has a doublecolonnade surrounding it with a pranos that contains 3 rows of four columnseach. Unlike the Parthenon the Temple of Apollo does not contain anopisthodimus and the pronaos does not lead into the cella.

Even though the styles are different within the twotemples their overall forms are relatively similar, they both have largerectangular plans with collinades surrounding the internal spaces. The overall sizeof the Parthenon is far smaller however with the base being around 2,150 squaremetres which is less than half the size of the temple of Apollo which has abase of roughly 5500 square metres.