Photographs of Miletus

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The Southern Agora The Roman Theatre

The ancient city of Miletus was the oldest and the most powerful of the 12 Ionian cities in Asia Minor. It also founded more than 10 colonies on the shores of the Marmara and the Black Sea, while its commercial activities extended as far as Egypt.
The city founded several schools attracting scientists, architects, philosophers and geographers.





The Stosk's nest

Miletus is the native city of famous men such as Anaximenes, Hippodamus, Cadmus and Isidorus. The first coins were minted in this city, exact weight measures were established and the Phoenician alphabet perfected here.
In 1424, under Sultan Murat II, Miletus became a city of the Ottoman Empire but as the port silted up caused by detritus brought down by the river Meander, the city's decline began. Now the remains are partially underwater and the richly decorated nymphaeum is now preserved in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.
The Roman Theatre dating from the second century A.D. could hold 25,000 spectators. The stage was decorated with exceptional sculptures and friezes and the facade was impressive, measuring 140m. Two columns supported the imperial box. At the top of the hill behind the Theatre there are ruins of an ancient Byzantine fortress and a very good view of the rest of the City

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The Roman Theatre Miletus from the Fortress