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Miletus which is in the vicinity of Söke (nearby Kusadasi, in the Aegean region of Turkey), was on the seashore in the ancient times. The Miletus people who had founded about 90 colonies in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, after 650 B.C., had resisted the Persian invasions in Anatolia, but they were defeated finally and the city was destroyed by the Persians in 5th c. B.C.

When you arrive at the zone of the ruins, the magnificent theater of the city appears in sight at first. The theater had been constructed during the Hellenistic period and, it acquired its present characteristics by means of the annexes made during the Roman period. The walls of the front facade of the theater, are 140 m long and 30 m high, and are an interesting example of stone workmanship. This theater was large enough to hold 24.000 people, and a fortress was built upon it during the Byzantine period seizing its capacity to 15.000 people.

On the opposite side of the theater there is a Selcuk Caravanserai and the baths built for Faustina the II., wife of Marcus Aurelius (161-180 A.D.), are situated adjacent to the theater. The Temple of Serapis, belonging to the 3rd century A.D., is behind the baths. The rectangular buildings seen on one side, are warehouse buildings. The adjacent Southern Agora building which has dimensions of 164 x 196 m and is surrounded by stoas, belongs to the 2nd century A.D. and its southern gate is at the museum of Berlin today.

When you go out through the northern gate of the Agora, you see the Bishop's Church, Martyrion belonging to the 5th century A.D. beside it, and the ceremonial road which is 100 m long and 28 m wide, extending in front of the Agora. On the east side of it, there is a fountain in the Public Square (Nymphaion) belonging to the 2nd century A.D., and Bouleuterion (the Senate Building) is situated opposite to it. It is known that this building had been constructed during the years 175-164 B.C., and the Temple of Asklepios and the Sacred Place are situated at its side. At the side of these, the Northern Agora extends along the sacred road and at the right hand side of the sacred road, there is the Gymnasium belonging to the 2nd century B.C. the entrance of which has been brought to an erect position at present.

The baths that Vergilius Capito had ordered to be constructed during the time of Claudius, are situated north of the Gymnasium; and some of these baths were used during the Selcuk Period. at the northern end of the Ceremonial Road, the Harbor Gate which was a passage with 16 columns is situated; and on the east of this road there is Delphinion which is a work of the Archaic period.

When you go towards the north from here, the port stoa, the Harbor Monument built in the year 31 B.C., the Small Harbor Monument and the Synagogue are located at the left hand side. The statues of the lions on both sides of the port were used to block the entrance to the Military Harbor by a chain. On the opposite side, the Roman Baths are seen.

The remains of the Stadium, Western Agora and the Temple of Athena belonging to the 5th c. B.C., are located south of Miletus. The only ancient Turkish work in Miletus is the Mosque of Ilyas Bey, ruler of the area at that time. The mosque was built in the year 1404 A.D. and it can be visited today































 

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I always thought i visited this ruins but recently i realized hat it is Didyma that i have visited. Because they are both close to Didim, apparently i mixed them up:S

I wish i had visited ths one too.

Thanx Kuvvaci
 

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Caladrium was heated by under channels. Geez , Look at the technology , the prodigious mind behind it. If we could have improved our tech , science without political , economical interruption , we could have had colonies in close by planets. There are so many innovations, like this all along thousands of years of Anatolian-Thracian history . Sadece yok oldu gitti ya da baskalari kullandi
 

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I'm gonna be here this summer. Very interested in Milet, Efes, Heraklia and Priene. I'm very very excited!
 

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I am very interested in those ancient Greek cities too.
 

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neorion said:
I am very interested in those ancient Greek cities too.
yea, I agree, I am very interested in Turkish cities which have ancient greek remains too.
 

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I am not feeding him, I am not arguing anything either...

I am sure neorion does not have anything against this statement... "These are Turkish cities with ancient greek remains"

Do you have anything against this statement neorion?
 

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Artagun said:
I am not feeding him, I am not arguing anything either...

I am sure neorion does not have anything against this statement... "These are Turkish cities with ancient greek remains"

Do you have anything against this statement neorion?
No and there are Greek cities with ottoman turkish remains.

Could have acknowledged that in the main post, even though it's obvious. The word "Greek" is not even mentioned. Anatolia is a broad geographical description, culturally they were Greek. I'm sure we can agree on that.
 

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neorion said:
No and there are Greek cities with ottoman turkish remains.

Could have acknowledged that in the main post, even though it's obvious. The word "Greek" is not even mentioned. Anatolia is a broad geographical description, culturally they were Greek. I'm sure we can agree on that.

Well, this statement is not totally right. Anatolia is culturally very diverse and one of the cultures in Anatolia is greek. There is Roman, Ottoman, and many other ancient civilizations such as hittites and so on. Greek is 1 out of 20 or so.
 

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Artagun said:
Well, this statement is not totally right. Anatolia is culturally very diverse and one of the cultures in Anatolia is greek. There is Roman, Ottoman, and many other ancient civilizations such as hittites and so on. Greek is 1 out of 20 or so.
I agree, there were many different cultures, especially over time. In reference to this thread I can see graeco-roman heritage of this part of Anatolia.
 

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I've had a marvellous month in my motherland Turkey. I've spent half of my vacation in my city, Istanbul and the other half on the Aegean coasts of Turkey. Here I post you the "Milet" part of my Aegean photos. Enjoy them ;):











 
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