Aydin Ili Things to Do

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  • Priene

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    Mount Mycale raises high above the old site of Priene. Today, much of the forests of the mountain are preserved in a national park. A short distance to the west of the town site was where in 479 BC the Battle of Mycale occurred. Herodotus tells us that it happened the same day as the Battle of Plataea in Greece. Both battles together ended Persian...

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  • Athena Temple

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    Athena Polias is the same incarnation of the goddess Athena for which the Parthenon in Athens was erected – Athena, Protector of the People. As was the Parthenon the most important temple erected in Athens, so it was for the Temple of Athena here in Priene. As noted in the introduction, the completion of the temple – originally designed by Pythius,...

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  • Kusadasi

    Kusadasi is a resort town at Aegean coast. The city stands on a bay in the Aegean with the peninsula of Guvercin Ada sticking out into the sea at one end.The name comes from 'kus' (bird) and 'ada' (island) as the peninsula has the shape of a bird's head.Since Byzantine times it has been known as Ephesus Neopolis, Scala Nuova, becoming Kush-Adasi at...

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  • Didyma (Didim)

    Didim is the site of the famous, massive Temple of Apollo at Didyma. The curent structure was begun in the Hellenstic period, around 300 BC, and work continued throughout the Roman era, with the building still not quite finished when the cult was shut down by the Christians close to AD 400. It is simply massive and quite elaborately decorated,...

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  • Priene

    This site, in far western Aydin Province, just south of Kusadasi, is the ruin of an ancient Greek city. Unlike many others, this place was pretty much abandoned by the Roman period so the Greek construction is not replaced or buiklt over with later Roman stuff. It is thus somewhat unusual here for that reason and one can see much of this old, small...

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  • Afrodisias

    On a road off the highway from Aydin to Denizli lie the ruins of the Roman-era city Afrodisias. Although not as touristy as some places, these ruins are pretty extensive and have an interesting setting in a valley with large mountains nearby. There is a fair amount of relatively unusual sculpture here, with spiral columns among others. In addition,...

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