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Address: | Mt. Mykale, near the Maeander River, Gullubahce, Turkey
Description: Once an ancient city of Ionia, Prine, with its well-preserved remains of...
Once an ancient city of Ionia, Prine, with its well-preserved remains of the Temple of Athena, theater, gymnasium and many excavated houses, form one of the best examples of the grid type of town-planning.
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Very Interesting Place - Best Experienced with a Guidebook or Guide

Priene is an undisturbed ancient site with many worthwhile ruins to view. Some highlights: A menorah carved in a stone (with sign describing it) that is larger than the one at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Priene is an undisturbed ancient site with many worthwhile ruins to view. Some highlights: A menorah carved in a stone (with sign describing it) that is larger than the one at Ephesus, the purported house of Alexander the Great - where he stayed when visiting (at the bottom of a long street of residences), a theatre that still has the... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

There they are sitting in a woodland, relatively undisturbed other than the ravages of time, and earthquakes; the ruins of a once prosperous town of over 6000 inhabitants. And these ruins stand, not roped off, comfortably settled into the surroundings; a town left so long ago with the ruins of buildings, gates, streets, homes still leaving a mark on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

It was amazing because you can see the ruin under the mountain. It would be perfect on the sunny day and the blue sky. What are the point of interests here? The temple of athena, the parliament theatre, and the magnificent view towards the field. If you like history, i think you will like Priene. Dont forget to visit Didyma... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Priene is a small but elegant time capsule. It offers breathtaking views from its lofty perch (once sea views, now farmed river plains) and intimate city ruins set in shady pines. We explored the well preserved theatre and tried to image how the temple must have shone like a beacon across the waters when the city was at its prime.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This is a very interesting site where the remains have been carefully excavated. The climb up to the site is quite steep but our guide did warn us beforehand. Don't be put off by the climb, it is quite achievable and we didn't have any problems either going up or coming down.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Steep access so must be fit and mobile. Well worth the climb up. The views were great and the ruins interesting- especially with guide to explain things.

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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Nice archaeological place, but you should visit it early in the morning if you go in summer. The history is all around you, great for visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

As other reviewers have mentioned we were warned by our guide that this was a steep climb, that could be slippery, particularly coming down. Although we are in our seventies, we found the climb achievable, and the views from the top were extensive, from its commanding position on Mt.Mykale. It is smaller than Miletus, and perhaps less impressive as far... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Large amphitheatre with original seating capacity for 22,000 people. Quite a hike to get up to it but worth the effort.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The only bad thing I have to say was not enough time to explore on the RSD coach tour of the aegean coat because of having to fit three places in on the same day!

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