Miletus (Μίλητος)

Miletus/Miletos (Ancient Greek: Μίλητος, Milētos; Latin: Miletus) is probably the most famous city of the Ionian League. It was an important Ionian center of arts, science and culture, the place where first known philosopher and mathematician lived - Thales of Miletus, and the Greek metropolis with the most founded colonies.

Although in antiquity the city possessed a harbor at the southern entry of a large bay, on which two more of the traditional twelve Ionian cities stood: Priene and Myus, over the centuries the gulf silted up with alluvium carried by the Meander River, so that by the Christian era Miletus became an inland town too. A great map of the Miletus Bay silting evolution can be found on Wikipedia:

Miletus has a very rich history, with the first archaeological findings dating back to the Neolithic. It was a flourishing city, being destroyed and reconstructed several times and continued to be populated until the Ottoman Empire abandoned it because of the definitive silting. More details of the ancient history of this great city can be found here.

Nowadays, one can visit among the ruins places such as:
- The Miletus Museum
- The Delphinion (Apollon Delphinion)
- The Temple of Athena
- The Baths of Faustina
- The Bazaar
- The Theatre
- The Stadium
- The Bouleterion
- The Capito Bath
- The Ceremonial Road
- The Grain Hall
- Kalabak Hill
- The Michael Church And The Temple of Dionysos
- The Hellenistic Heroon
- The Roman Heroon
- The Ionic Stoa on the Sacred Way
- The Mosque of Ilyas Bey
- The Monument of the Big Port
- The Mycenaen Settlement
- The North, West and South Agoras
- The Nymphaeum
- The Synagog
with details on each here and here.

Much more information can be found on and Wikipedia

The location on the map is here, and below some of my photos:

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