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Tılsım Tour Kusadasi/Aydın

DIDYMA

The only way to see three ancient cities in one go, passing through some of the most beautiful Turkish scenery, your cameras will definatey not stop clicking.
This trip is a must for all history fans!

Priene was one of the most active ports of the lonian Federation. The gridlike system of streets introduced in the fourth centery B.C. by Hippodamos of Miletos is a superb and early example of town planning. Priene was an important city of it’s time, the only pure Greek city situated on the Acropol, boasting it’s famous theatre.
Carry on to Milet passing fields of white cotton. Like Priene, Milet was a great lonian port and the birthplace of several philosophers and sages.
The theatre itself justifies a visit.

Finish the day with the highlight of the great Temple of Apollo at Didyma. Although it can only boast of a single monument, it is nevertheless a marvelous site. The Temple of Apollo was one of antiquity’s most sacred places.

Then a visit to the oldest jeans factory in Turkey, the famous Lee Jeans, the Legend of jeans starts right here.

A day of culture and beauty rolled into one.
What more could one ask for…

PRIENE
Priene, although estimated to have had no more than 3,000 residents around 300 BC was nevertheless important as a site for Ionian congresses and festivals. The Meander River wound through the plain below, eventually depositing enough silt to close up the harbor. Because of this the Romans refrained from building here when they conquered the area, so what remains are unusually Hellenistic (Greek) ruins.
The streets of Priene were laid out in a deliberate grid, a precursor to modern city design. Priene's ruins are among the most attractive on Turkey's west coast. Conspicuous by their absence is the immense Roman structures so familiar at other sites. Priene's buildings are small and intimate, a feeling, which pervades the entire setting.
The ruins include the once exquisite Temple of Athena, destroyed by an earthquake in the middle ages. Only the foundation and five reconstructed columns remain of these textbook example of temple design. The Temple was in fact the model for a book on design by its architect Pytheos. His book was still a classic in Roman times. Attractive smaller buildings at the site include the council house, complete with altar used for sacrifices before each city council meeting, and the Sanctuary of Demeter, the Earth Mother, and her daughter, Core, where sacrifices were made to the gods of the underworld.
 

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