didyma

Didyma

Didyma which has Temple of Apollo is located near the village of Yenihisar (Yoran) near the town of Söke in the province of Aydin in the Aegean region in Turkey. Here one finds an important sanctuary that housed one of the oracles of Apollo. It was connected to Miletus by …

Caravanserai Kusadasi

Caravanserai

Okuz Mehmet Pasha Caravanserai is the principal of Ottoman architecture in the city, was built during the reign of Okuz Mehmet Pasha. The fortress gates, walls in the center of Kusadasi were built in the Ottoman period, reflecting the architectural style of the era. The centuries roll back upon entering …

miletos

Miletos

The origins and earliest history of Milets are still a subject of controversy. The name “Milawanda” that occurs in Hittite texts may well refer to Miletus. The excavations undertaken so far have reached as far as the Bronze Age. The first excavations were conducted by the German archaeologist Theodor Wiegand …

zeus cave

Cave of Zeus

The Cave of Zeus at the National park entrance contains a pool of deep cool water and many visitors stop here to have a refreshing shower on their way home. There are diversity of legends about the cave. Some say, on account of the name, that Zeus bathed here, and …

Sardis

Sardis

The city of Sardis has existed for over four thousand years and for much of that time it was a major metropolis. The city was defined by defense walls, but settlement extended beyond these boundaries. The ancient city is situated in Manisa Salihli, in the territory of ancient Lydia, at …

belevi

Belevi Mausoleum

The Belevi Mausoleum, also known as the Mausoleum at Belevi is a Hellenistic monument tomb located near Ephesus, in Turkey. The monument was the burial place of the Seleucid Greek King Antiochus II Theos who reigned between 261 and 246 BC. The Belevi Mausoleum was a splendid tomb. The name …

pergamon

Pergamon

After the death of Alexander the Great, one of his generals who is called Lysimachus chose Pergamon as the depository for his wealth. He placed nine thousand talents of gold in Pergamon under the guardianship of Philetaerus who was his lieutenant. After the death of Lysimachus, Philetaerus took advantage of …

cappadocia

Cappadocia

Cappadocia is an area in Central Anatolia in Turkey best known for its unique moon-like landscape, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks. The area is a famous and popular tourist destination, as it has many areas with unique geological, historic and cultural features. The name “Cappadocia” was traditionally …

claros

Claros – Prophecy Center

One of the twelve Ionic cities, Claros was a prophecy center. Claros was located between two cities; Colophon and Notion. The Temple of Apollo was very important here for prophecy, as in Delphi and Didyma. The oldest information about this sacred site in Claros goes back to the sixth and …

priene

Priene

The first establishments in Priene go back till 2000 BC. According to ancient documents, these first settlers were the Banians who mixed with the Ionians. In the Archaic period, the city’s location may have been nearer to Miletos on the delta of the Buyuk Menderes (Meander). Later the city moved in …