Kusadasi Shops-About Kusadasi-Shops in Kusadasi Shopping  Shops in Kusadasi, Kusadasi Shopping Internet Services Turkey Kusadasi Properties - kusadasi turkey, kusadasi real estate, kusadasiproperties, realestate in kusadasi turkey, property turkey, property in turkey, property kusadasi, property in kusadasi, turkey house, turkey houses, realestate kusadasi, villa kusadasi, villas in kusadasi, immobilien, makelaar, houses, villas, villa, summer houses, apartments in kusadasi, commercial properties, turkey kusadasi houses, turkey kusadasi villas, turkey kusadasi villa, turkey kusadasi summer houses, turkey kusadasi apartments, turkey kusadasi commercial properties, for sale in kusadasi, real estate in turkey, turkey properties, residential properties, buy a house in kusadasi turkey, buy a villa in kusadasi turkey, buy an apartment in kusadasi turkey, turkey villas, kusadasi, kusadasi turkey, property in turkey, property turkey, property kusadasi, turkey house, turkey houses, turkey kusadasi, property in kusadasi, turkey kusadasi, kusadasi property, kusadasi home, kusadasi homes, kusadasi house
Categories About Kusadasi & Around About Turkey About Us Contact Us ,

Turkey - Aydin - Priene

The origins of this beautiful city are old indeed. By the eleventh century B.C. it was one of the twelve colonies forming the Ionian Confederation and enjoyed considerable prestige and prosperity. It was situated below the mass of Samsum Dagi (formerly Mikale) on the shore before the river Maeander silted up the port. Now the sea is fifteen kilometres away and the surrounding plains have become immense cotton plantations. The city rebelled against Persian domination under King Cyrus and in revenge the Persians razed it to the ground. New Priene was reborn under Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. and after countless struggles and invasions became a Roman province in 129 A.D.

The city regained its prosperity under the Emperor Augustus in spite of having a population of only seven thousand. During the Byzantine reign it became a Bishopric. Priene became part of the Ottoman Empire in the fourteenth century.

The streets of Priene are unusual in that they are all horizontal and vertical, parallel and perpendicular, like a chess board. However comfortable shoes are a must, especially for those wishing to reach the top where at one time the Acropolis stood. Now there are only ruins, but the view is spectacular and well worth the effort. On the other hand, the Theatre is still in good condition although it is partly submerged in trees and vegetation. The theatre was originally Greek and built in the fourth century B.C. but it was altered by the Romans in the second century A.D. and its seating capacity increased to hold six thousand spectators. The wall of the stage, which has two storeys, faces a row of five marble throne-like seats resting on pedestals in the form of lions’ feet surrounded by ivy leaves. Perhaps the theatre was also used for debates and political meetings.

Only five fluted Jonian columns survive from the original sixty-six of the great Temple of Athena Polias, erected by Alexander the great in 334 B.C. In the centre there was once a statue of Athena seven metres high rivalling in size the famous statue by Pheidias in the Parthenon in Athens. By the temple the ruins of houses belonging to rich citizens or important dignitaries can be seen. They had numerous rooms facing onto interior courtyards.

The bouleuterion, the ancient senate was constructed in the second century B.C. with an enormous council chamber capable of holding six hundred and fifty people. Almost nothing remains of the prytaneion, the city’s administrative building, only the great courtyard.The stadium dates from the second century B.C. and is one hundred and ninety metres long. At one time there was a portico of Doric columns. Under this loggia athletes could train when it rained, but it was also used as a meeting place for the general population of Priene.

Turkey - Aydin - Priene Turkey - Aydin - Priene Turkey - Aydin - Priene


Jewellery | Leather | Carpet & Kilim | Restaurant | Bar & Cafe | Hotel | Rent A Car | Travel Agency | Souvenir | Other Shops
About Kusadasi & Around | About Turkey | About Us | Contact Us
Kusadasi Hotel Guide | Ladies Beach | Kusadasi Properties
Copyright © Kristalweb 2001

Kusadasi Hotel Guide, www.kusadasihotelguide.com   Ladies Beach - Kusadasi beach, kusadasi beaches, www.ladiesbeach.com   Kusadasi Turkey Properties for sale, Kusadasi Real Estate, Kusadasi House, Villas, Apartments, Turkey House, www.kusadasiproperties.com