Priene Ancient City in Didim

Priene, one of the ancient cities close to Didim, is one of the best examples of old city planning.

It is estimated that the ancient city of Priene, located near the town of Güllübahçe, was founded by the Ionians on the skirts of Mykale Mountain. The ancient city, which remains inside today due to the alluvium carried by the Menderes River, was one of the port cities located by the sea at the time it was founded.

The side streets of the Ancient City of Priene, which was built with the “grid system” by the architect Hippodamus of Miletus, have stairs due to the slope of the land.

Public buildings are located in the city center. The Temple of Athena, the Temple of Zeus, Agora, Theatre, Gymnasion, and Alexander the Great’s House, which have survived to a great extent, are among the must-see structures in this ancient city.

Although the city has three entrance gates, one in the west and two in the east, the main entrance gate, the “East Gate”, is in the northeast of the Theater Street. You can visit the Ancient City of Priene between 08.30 and 19.00 between April 15 and October 2, and between 08.30 and 17.00 between October 3 and April 14.

If you have a Müzekart, you can enter the ancient city for free.

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