Courtesy Martin Seyer

WATERLOGGED. During the Hellenistic period, Limyra’s Ptolemaion—the temple for the Ptolemaic ruler’s cult—was resplendent. Built in the third century B.C.E., the Ptolemaion consisted of a large square base upon which sat a circular temple, crowned with a conical roof and encircled by columns. Large marble lions were perched on the corners of the square platform. Today just bits and pieces of this once magnificent building survive, and even those are difficult to access because the surrounding area is waterlogged. In the image shown here, the temple is shown at the end of a Roman colonnaded street, now below groundwater level.