December 16, 2024
After visiting Ephesus it will be very good to be in Miletus and didyma
To start a beautiful day you will be picked up from your hotel at 08.30 am from Kusadasi / Selcuk by a driver and a guide and drive along the cotton fields and vineyards for about 40 minutes to arrive your first site Priene.
Priene is an ancient Hellenistic city which has picturesque ruins include several columns of Temple of Athena , much of the city walls ,a well – preserved theater and a council chamber ( Bouleuterion ) The city was an important trading port of the Ionian League of Greek settlements and was first established in the 11th century BC upon cliffs rising to almost 400 meters above the Aegean Sea. Once Priene overlooked the sea today it is 16 km inland from the sea on the hills of the mountain of the Mykale Mountain.
Miletus was also a prosperous and successful port city in ancient period. It is considered to have been the most powerful city of what were the twelve Ionian cities and is known to have greatly influenced the intellectual and philosophical development of the Aegean region. The city encouraged erudition and founded several schools attracting scientists, architects, philosophers and geographers
Didyma, a small village which is famous for its golden sandy beaches will be your next destination. When you see the Temple of Apollo, a superb example of architecture dating from the Graeco-Roman period, and a sign of grandeur of this area, outstanding for culture and art you will understand that the sea is not the only attraction in Didyma.