Anyway, the Temple of Artemis was burned down around 356 b.c.e. by a man called Herostratos -- he told people he had done so in order to immortalize his own name. It appears to have worked, because he's still written about over two millennia later. When distraught residents asked why Artemis could not protect the temple against the fire-lighting fame-seeker, wise men said that Artemis had gone off to assist with the birth of Alexander the Great. Years later, Alexander offered to help pay for reconstruction of the temple, but "the people of Ephesus rejected his offer, saying one god could not give votive offerings to another god or goddess."
Dr. Atılay İleri of the Selçuk Artemis Culture, Arts and Education Foundation has been working for ten years on planning the reconstruction of the temple. He said, "When completed, the temple will not be a copy or an imitation of the original Artemis but the Artemis itself. And its sisters of the past will set their eyes on it with pride and emulation.
The project is expected to cost $150 million, and will be completely paid for by the foundation, with no assistance from the Turkish government.