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Miletus

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Corridor: Via Anatolia
Country: Turkey, Aydin
Type: Ancient Site
Epoch: Antiquity
Theme: Antiquity
World Heritage:
AntiquityAntiquityAncient Site

According to Herodotus the Ionians conquered Miletus, inhabited by the Carians and Cretans in 11th century B.C. The commercial importance of the city rose instantly as a major port and became prosperous as an Ionian center of arts, science and culture. The philosophers Thales, Anaximandros, Anaximenes, the historian and geographer Hecataios, city planner Hippodamos and architect Isidoros, one of the designers of Hagia Sophia, were all inhabitans of Miletus. Hellenistic and Roman monuments are important examples in the history of architecture, including the Stoa, the Bouleuterion, the Theatre, the Gymnasion, Roman baths and the Nymphahion. Ilyas Bey Mosque represents the Islamic architecture on these lands.

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