Miletus





The ancient city of Miletus ( Milet ), is normally visited after Priene and whilst en route to Didyma. Since it is only 33 km from Söke and 22 km from Priene you can easily do all three in a day. The Miletus Museum can be found nearby at Akköy.

This ancient site is on the edge of the Meander River. The ruins are near the village of Balat in the Aydin province of Turkey. This used to be one of the richest Greek cities until it fell under Persian rule in the 6th century BC. One of the most impressive buildings here is without doubt the ancient theatre. Like many other archaelogical sites in Turkey there is still much to be discovered.

The city was rebuilt after the Persians captured it. Alexander the Great captured it in 334 BC and Julius Ceaser is known to have raised a fleet here in 75 BC. This was a prosperous port city but today it is inland since the port silted up. This had a very significant effect on its trade and it declined slowly in the same way as Priene which suffered the same fate.

Known as the city of philosophers such as Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, and Hecataeus, this Ionian city with its 15,000 seater Roman Theatre, Baths of Faustina and Temple of Apollo hold many secrets and yet undiscovered treasures. You get a taste of how it might have been in its heydey.

This is not one of Turkey’s most visited historical sites and there are often not that many people around. There is a cafe on site but this is only open during the summer season. Most visitors come with organised tours from Kusadasi or Selcuk.

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