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.
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.
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.
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.
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.