Roman baths in Aizanoi

There are two locations found in Aizanoi where Roman baths were situated. The first one is next to the road that leads from the Zeus Temple to the complex of stadium-theatre and the second one - in the area of modern Çavdarhisar village.

Roan baths in Aizanoi
Roan baths in Aizanoi

Hellenistic and Roman monuments in Stratonicea

The Stratonicea bouleuterion, built in 129-130 BC, resembles stylistically the one from Miletus. The entrance is on the western side of the building and four rows of seats have been preserved. In the past some scholars identified it with the Serapis temple, but the inscriptions found in the bouleuterion as well as an edict by emperor Diocletian testify against this theory.

Bouleuterion in Stratonicea
Bouleuterion in Stratonicea

Cyzicus

Cyzicus ancient city had been founded by the settlers from Miletus and was one of the oldest Ionian colonies on the coast of the Sea of Marmara. Once a magnificient temple of Hadrian stood there which was perceived as one of the Seven Wonders of the World in the times of late Roman Empire. Now, the ruins of Cyzicus are rarely visited by tourists and the remains of ancient structures are heavily overgrown and inhabited mainly by bat colonies.

Cyzicus
Cyzicus

Daskyleion

The remains of Daskyleion, situated nearby the Manyas lake and Ergili village, are extremely interesting for historians because of their turbulent history. In this north-western Anatolian settlement the numerous traces of Persian rule were discovered, including the satrap's palace and the place of Zoroastrianism religious rituals.

Daskyleion
Daskyleion

Roman baths from Stratonicea will be excavated

The archaeologists under the leadership of dr Bilal Söğüt from Pamukkale University in Denizli are currently working in the area of Roman bath in ancient Stratonicea. The team of 100 workers will clear the remains of the baths complex that was built for women only. All together there are three bath complexes in Stratonicea as the recent research has confirmed.

Lagina

Nearby Yatağan, overshadowed by the thermal power plant, lie the ruins of Lagina ancient sanctuary. Their location, among the surroundings heavily damaged by industrial activities, paradoxically matches the characteristics of the goddess who used to be worshipped there. It was Hecate, the dark goddess of the underworld, of Anatolian origins.

Hecate temple in Lagina
Hecate temple in Lagina

Turkish buildings in Stratonicea

Stratonicea is the place where Hellenistic and Roman structres stand side by side with Seljuk and Ottoman buildings. The most significant Turkish structures are situated near the main square of old Eskihisar village. Only the walls remain from the Turkish bath, dated to the 14th-15th century AD, i.e. the Anatolian beylik era, as its roof collapsed some time ago.

Şaban Ağa Camii in Stratonicea
Şaban Ağa Camii in Stratonicea

Stratonicea

It may be hard to believe, but most of the well-known travel guides to Turkey do not mention Stratonicea. These unique ruins were once an ancient Carian city that was inhabited continuously from the 4th century BC to the 20th century AD. A walk among the ruins of the now abandoned city gives travellers a feeling of mystery and enchantment.

Stratonicea
Stratonicea

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