"Not Soke but nearby Miletus" Soke by Tdiver

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Miletus,archaeological site.

The people of Miletus first expanded from 650B.C. onwards ranging across the mediterranean region to the black sea,founding about 90 colonies,until they were finally defeated and the city destroyed by the Persians in the 5th century B.C.Situated near Soke if you take the road running south from Kusadasi and it's in some fields off to your left,clearly signed.When you first approach the site it's imposing amphitheatre is the most impressive thing you see.The theatre was built during the Hellenistic period but acquired it's present look during the Roman period.The front is 140m long by 30m high.Originally holding 24000 people the construction of the Byzantine fortress on top cut its capacity to 15000.Opposite you will see a Selcuk caravanserai and the baths built for Faustina II , wife of Marcus Aurelius 161-180 A.D.The temple of Serapis 3rd centur A.D.is located just behind.The adjacent Southern Agora belongs to the 2nd century A.D. and is surrounded by stoas,its southern gate is in a museum in Berlin.

Exiting by the northern gate of the Agora you see the Bishops' Church,Martyrion 5th century A.D. and alongside it the ceremonial road 100m long and 28m wide.On the east side there is a fountain in the Public Square ( Nymphaion ) 2nd century A.D. and the Bouleuterion ( Senate building ) it is known that this building was built between 175-164 B.C.The temple of Asklepios and the Sacred Place are alongside.At the side of these the Northern Agora extends along the sacred road to the right side of which is a gymnasium 2nd century B.C.During the time of Claudius,Vergilius Capito had some baths constructed and these are north of the gymnasium.

At the northern end of the Ceremonial road you find the Harbour Gate with 16 columns.North from here the port stoa,the Harbour Monument built in 31 B.C.the small harbour monument and the Synagogue are on the left hand side.The statues of lions on either side of the port were used to block the entrance to the Military port by means of a chain.Opposite are Roman baths.The Stadium,Western Agora and temple of Athena 5th century B.C. are south of Miletus.The only Turkish work here is the Mosque of Ilyas Bey 1404 A.D. the then ruler of the area.
Map at www.planetware.com/map/yenikoy/miletus/miletus-map-tr-mile.htm

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  • Pros:Great trip out or just a visit when passing.
  • Cons:No shade except by the gate so take a hat.
  • In a nutshell:Excellent.
  • Last visit to Soke: Nov 2005
  • Intro Updated Jun 1, 2006
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