Situated 29km far from Kusadasi, Belevi Mausoleum is reputed for its being the
largest and highest tomb house of Ancient Anatolia, thought to be belonged to Hellenistic
era. The largest and the highest Hallicarnassos, one of the seven wonders of Ancient
world, is located in Bodrum- on the south western corner of Turkey.
The unearthed pieces give a clear idea that the total
height of Belevi Mausoleum is about 23 meters, except the roof. The marvelous construction
was once consisted of a podium section in 11,37 meters high. The square planned podium was
supported by the columns on four sides and was covered with the massive blocks. Three
steps of crepidoma at the bottom reaches to the entrance of the podium. On the crepidoma,
is the decorated podium wall. A Doric styled peristalsis decorates the podium with the
eight columns on four sides.
The descriptions of funeral games and
centauromachin on the relieves, ornament the 24 cassettes of the ceiling. The real sized
statues of a lion and griffon on the tip of the roof are now displayed in Izmir and
Belevi Mausoleum is located 29 km
away from Kusadasi, on the highway to Izmir, in the
south junction 11 km north of Selcuk. It may be visited
by a private tour.