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Miletus – Milet – Miletos, Μίλητος, Turkey

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Miletus is famous for its gigantic Hellenistic theater, rebuilt by the Romans and perhaps the structure of theater’s most impressive Anatolia.

Located at the southern edge of the floodplain of the river Meander, 22 km (14 miles) south of Priene, Miletus was an important Ionian city for 1400 years, from about 700 BC to 700 AD.

It is at the heart of the three old sites (Priene, Miletus and Didyma) you can visit on a day of Selcuk (Ephesus) or Kusadasi.

The city has a solid history. Thales Miletus (sixth to fifth century BC), one of the seven wise men of Greece, has been called “the founder of the science,” especially with a large proportion of the field of geometry and astronomy.

 It was in Miletus that Paul met the elders of the church of Ephesus (Ephesians), before his last trip to Rome. Isidore of Miletus was one of two men who have transformed the architectural design of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

Although the settlement was known in Hittite era, it was the Ionian Hippodamus of Miletus who gave his plan of road network, the revolutionary feature of urban planning, which was copied from near Priene, and then all the new Roman city.

Made of rich maritime trade and its colonies, Miletus flourished through the Byzantine and Seljuk period, but eventually died when the door fully with the flood of the river meander.

Today is a meander flood of cotton fields, it is difficult to imagine a ship docked in front of the theater, where parking and the restaurant is now, but the way it was.

Today, you can flood the whole Priene is a direct way to fill irrigation canals and a lot of meandering river shrunken (Buyuk Menderes Nehra) to reach the ruins of Miletus. If you park in the parking lot, because it insists that you pay YTL1 and allow you to pay YTL2 theater, and it pays to use the toilet YTL0.75.

I can suggest how to get around the theater: a walk on the left (north) side of the theater, writing a great portal (the photo above), and up the stairs inside. You can see how the theater is built, and how the amount of people moving up to 15,000 spectators, it can be sheltered from the scorching sun and the wind cools down the stairwell before you raised, gasping and blinking on the upper levels of the theater.

A small fortress in ruins is at the top of the theater, flying the Turkish flag. You can climb the mast in midsummer amid the magnificent thistles 2 meters. The view from the top is excellent, showing the theater itself, the flood plain, and other remains of ancient Miletus, including North and South Agora and the remains of city walls, bouleuterion, Baths of Faustina The stadium and other structures, all now very ruined.

A caravanserai restored theater in southern Turkey, built with shops, but are not usually open. Beyond this, the south, affecting Ilyas Bey Mosque (1404), the domed building and storks nesting on top of IT is currently closed for renovation.

Miletus has a small museum in the south the road to the village of Balat and Didymus Akköy City. Continue south along this road 4.5 km (3 miles) Akköy, then 14 km (9 miles) and Didymus Yenihisar. Further south, Altinkum Beach.

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