Miletus

Miletus, Didim

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utkan ulucay
Istanbul, Turkey518 contributions
A great amphitheatre
Jun 2021 • Family
Ephesus was a complex, formed city. But Milet is just one monument. A real and huge theatre. There are dungeons, stairs, corridors, lobby, well organized seatings, … I was there around 18:00 and lucky enough not to pay entrance fee
Written July 17, 2021
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John W
London, UK41 contributions
The theatre is the highlight
Feb 2020
Miletus (and all the archeological ruins we visited) exceeded our expectation. We did Miletus as a day trip from Selcuk (in our own car), with Priene and the Temple of Apollo at Didyma, with lunch on the Didim beachfront.

Miletus is on a hilltop on flatland, about 1km off the main road. We had the place almost to ourselves when we visited in Feb 2020. We arrived 15 minutes before the 5pm closing time, but the helpful guard said that while they close the entrance at 5pm, we could visit until 6pm. We used our Museum Pass - Aegean for entrance. There were clean toilets at the entrance.

The theatre at Miletus is really the highlight - you enter through it, and can scramble about it before visiting the rest of the site. Miletus is famous for the market gate, now in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, though there are descriptive boards in the agora that show where it once stood.

When we visited in Feb 2020 the south agora was a buggy swamp - there had been heavy rain the week before so I don't know if it's like that all the time. This meant we couldn't get close to some of the other standing ruins.

We spent about an hour total on site - and had a fresh orange juice at the friendly restaurant on the terrace of the caravanserai immediately next to the entrance.
Written February 23, 2020
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razza61
Gatton, Australia259 contributions
The ampitheatre greets you
Nov 2019
We visited on a shore tour from Kusadasi. Our first stop was Ephesus, then onto Miletus. A lot of driving in our day, but it was so worth it. We were unable to visit the Great Theatre at Ephesus and were disappointed, so it was great to be able to sit in the majestic ampitheatre here at Miletus. One of our fellow travellers, who was unable to climb the stairs treated us to a performance of a Scottish song his Dad use to sing to him. So yes, to truly appreciate this attraction you do need to negotiate quite a few steps. Also on site are several other ruins that highlight where the past 4 harbours of Miletus were. Incredibly to imagine this ancient city was once coastal and is now 5 miles inland. The ingenious construction of the Baths of Faustina can be found here as well.
Written December 16, 2019
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TheFireyOne
Glasgow, UK77 contributions
Breathtaking
Aug 2019 • Family
Absolutely beautiful and preserved. This is a must see for any fan of history or architecture. Puts the amphitheater of Ephesus in the shade and it’s so quiet you can fully immerse yourself in the full experience. Do not leave Didim without visiting here first
Written November 17, 2019
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KorkmazPerk
Antalya, Turkey700 contributions
Behind the foot steps of Thales
Oct 2019 • Friends
It is a great ancient city where antique nature philosophy begun with Thales. You have to climb up 15-20 minutes to the hill where city was builded. She is in very good condition with almost everything still standing. If you are in region, you must visit Apollo temple and Priene too.
Written November 1, 2019
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,686 contributions
Wow factor here!
Sep 2019
We visited Miletus on a tour from Kusadasi, which included Priene and Didyma.
The theatre at Miletus is amazing and there was a real feeling of wow! as we got out of the bus and saw it.
Miletus was an important city and port from about 700BC. But the city died about 1500 years later, when the harbour silted up. The main feature is the magnificent 15000 seat theatre. It has two levels of complete access tunnels allowing patrons to move around the various levels of the theatre. The views of the theatre from the top were magnificent.
This site is well worth a visit and easily combined with Priene and Didyma into a great day trip.
Written October 5, 2019
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Diana A
133 contributions
School of Miletus - Didim
Aug 2019
The place is really nice . When we arrived there the giude told us that if we cross the stone line ( it was a line made with stones between the street and the ruins) we must pay . We didn't understood at that moment , and soon as we touched the grass the ticket guy showed up :-) I have no ideea where he was hidden , because nobody saw him . Anyway ticket price 14 tl. The place really worths seeing . It is really well preserved , The corridors , and on some seats you can see names carved in the stone .
Written September 20, 2019
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Grumpyman27
Didim, Turkey32 contributions
Stunning views and history
Sep 2019
This is a great place to visit, with a small museum that is informative and interesting. Entry costs only 14Tl per person, and is well worth it. Amazed that there were so few visitors on a lovely sunny day.
There is a small cafe/restaurant on the site, and toilet facilities. Free parking is available near the amphitheatre, so drive on past the museum and pay for the entry ticket there, then stop off at the museum on the way back.
Written September 15, 2019
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Charlotte W
21 contributions
Must see
Aug 2019 • Couples
Our organised day trip for £30 210 lira by IMX travel Altinkum to Miletus then Bafa Lake was cancelled due to lack of numbers, so we got a refund and hired a car from them for 200lira,which had an engine warning light, low tyre light, a million dings and over 100k on the clock but it got us from a to b and was cheap (£28). We went to Miletus, then Bafa lake-kapikiri- for ancient Heraklion and lunch,then Priene. If following our steps beware of Turkish drivers and their incessant need to overtake. Best to drive half onto the hard shoulder or whatever it is to let them pass, that seems to be the custom. Anyway we are glad we finally got to Miletus. Gorgeous amphitheatre, with beautifully detailed beasts feet at the end of each row, gorgeous 14th century mosque on site too- no one in, but door was open. Various other ruins to be seen at Miletus. Regarding lake Bafa gorgeous views are to be had when driving around the lake, stunning scenery dotted with romantic ruins, just don't expect anything in the way of explanation about the ruins, or expect too much of them. Amazing landscape though. Regarding Priene only attempt it if you're quite fit, it's on top of a hill, we were sweltering in the midday heat, it's a fantastic site, virtually everything toppled by earthquakes but the stones are still where they fell, no one has stolen them, could be rebuilt, and then would trash Ephesus for completeness.Lots of amazing Roman/Greek structures to see. Can only buy water and souvenirs from a little truck on site.no food.
Written August 31, 2019
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Belinda T
Milton Keynes, UK52 contributions
Amazing site
Aug 2019 • Family
Excellent site with many ruins to see. Toilets leave a lot to be desired. Take water as there is little shade and perhaps go early. Was quiet and you could wander around with ease, climbing to the top of the amphitheater with amazing views. Thoroughly recommend a visit here.
Written August 17, 2019
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