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“EXCELLENT” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Miletus

Miletus
22km (14 miles) past Priene outside Kusadasi Turkey, Kusadasi, Turkey
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Kusadasi
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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“EXCELLENT”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

One of the powerhouses of the ancient world, this place is well preserved and quite interesting to see. The layout and the location of the site are quite informative and enhance one's understanding of how such a place could have been the force that it was. GO AND SEE.

Visited November 2012
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“Quiet Ruins of a Major Ancient Port”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Once a major port of the Ionian League, Miletus was renowned as a centre for art, politics and industry. It maintained its importance for 1400 years, from 700BC, until its harbour filled with silt. Two lions still guard the entrance.

There is quite a deal to see as the site is expansive. Archaeological work is underway near the old harbour entrance in Lion Bay and the opposite side of the city. However, the ruins themselves will more than occupy you for a good few hours.

The 15,000 seat Great Theatre was originally of Greek origin but reconstructed 2100 years ago by the Romans. The covered walkways around each tier of seating are still very impressive. There are three agoras, council chambers, monuments, statues and in the last thousand years, a caravanserai and beautiful Ilyas Bey Camii Mosque built. The Baths of Faustina, constructed by a Roman emperor for his wife, is well preserved and is currently undergoing additional restoration. It is possible to walk around its vast interior. The large complex includes a gymnasium, various bath houses and nearby reservoir and Shrine built around 500BC. Parts of the surrounding old city wall are clearly visible wherever one walks and indicates the ancient shoreline.
There are few visitors to Miletus and over such a wide area one has the feeling of a deserted ruin.

We hired a guide and private driver to visit Priene, Didyma and Miletus and were glad we did. The early morning start and long day cost 40 euros and we were shown many things along the way and at the sites, that, without a knowledgeable guide, would have been difficult to learn about. Unfortunately the small Miletus museum, on the road to Didyma, was closed for renovation.

Visited October 2012
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“Magnificent ruins without the crowds at Ephesus”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

We wandered into Miletus just we happened to drive by and saw the amphitheater from the road. For the 5 Turkish lira we invested in admission, we wandered for several hours...and encountered about 10 other people. The amphitheater is very well-preserved and open for access at all levels. The scattered sites around the amphitheater are also interesting. We enjoyed our peaceful, unhurried, uncrowded stroll through this site.

Visited September 2012
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“A nice surprise!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

We didn't know what to expect and had low expectations since we decided to add it on to our ruin site visits, but it was well worth it. The stadium is the reason to go (not much else is there), but it's huge and very impressive. You can walk all through it and get a real sense for its size and importance.

Visited October 2012
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“Very worth the drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

This is a place that is worth every minute of driving to get there. The site is for the most part very quiet, very open, and larger than you might think. The stadium is huge and parts are in good shape and other parts just hanging in there. Be sure to walk the entire site as there is a lot to see surrounding the stadium. The baths which are off to the right of the stadium are something not to miss. Plan to spend a couple of hours walking the site, exploring the many tunnels in the stadium. Have been here four times and am looking to my next visit.

Visited September 2012
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