Priene





Priene was an ancient Ionian Greek city that would have originally been on the Aegean coast. Over the years it has silted up by discharge from the Meander river. This ancient site is situated by the village of Güllübahçe Turun near Söke in Aydın province. Two other historical sites at Miletus and Didyma can be visited on the same day since they are all close to each other.

The ruins at Priene sit on a flat table of land within a dramatic landscape overlooking the Meander River. This was never a very influential city since its population never rose about 5000. Suffering from earthquakes over the centuries the city was rebuilt in different locations. What you see here today was constructed around 350 BC.

The site has a number of ruins consisting of a theatre, council chamber, the Temple of Athena, a gymnasium and even a Byzantine Church. The Acropolis is situated further up the slopes of Mount Mykale. After you have parked your car some walking is required to explore the site properly. There are some local cafe restaurants and toilet facilties.

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