Iassos

The ancient Greek city of Iassos is an extensive multi-period site located on the shores of the Iassos gulf (Gulf of Güllük) halfway between Didyma to the north and Halicarnassus to the south. Once situated on an island, the city is now joined to the mainland, creating a peninsula.

Coordinates: 37° 16′ 40″ N, 27° 35′ 11″ E

Iassos

According to tradition, Iassos was colonized in the 9th or 8th century BC by Greeks from Argos (the Dorians). Archaeological evidence, however, shows that the site had been inhabited since the Neolithic period and that it flourished as one of the great Minoan and Mycenaean settlements in Asia Minor. Prosperity continued throughout the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods and many of the remains visible today date from the later periods.

Twentieth century excavations have revealed the Agora which remains date to the time of Hadrian and Antoninus Pius (117 – 161 AD), the bouleuterion (one of the best preserved buildings in Iassos), temples, including a sanctuary dedicated to Artemis Astias (the patron-goddess of the city) and numerous other buildings.

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The Bouleuterion, dated to around the end of the 1st century AD, it was constructed of local porous while the stairs and the floor were of marble, Iassos, Caria, Turkey
The Bouleuterion is dated to around the end of the 1st century AD. The dimensions of the structure were 29,5 × 21,75 metres while its capacity has been estimated to 960 spectators.
The Bouleuterion, dated to around the end of the 1st century AD, it was constructed of local porous while the stairs and the floor were of marble, Iassos, Caria, Turkey
The Bouleuterion. The scaenae frons, two-storey high with Corinthian columns, was decorated with Dionysiac scenes.
The Bouleuterion. The orchestra was decorated with opus sectile.
The Bouleuterion, dated to around the end of the 1st century AD, it was constructed of local porous while the stairs and the floor were of marble, Iassos, Caria, Turkey
The Agora was entirely reconstructed during Hadrian’s time. Its initial building must have started in the 4th century BC.
The Agora, reconstructed mainly during Hadrian’s time, its initial building must have started in the 4th century BC, Iassos, Caria, Turkey
The Agora. It had a rectangular shape and it was surrounded by porticoes and temples
The Agora, reconstructed mainly during Hadrian’s time, its initial building must have started in the 4th century BC, Iassos, Caria, Turkey
The Agora.
The Agora, reconstructed mainly during Hadrian’s time, its initial building must have started in the 4th century BC, Iassos, Caria, Turkey
The Agora.
The Sanctuary of Artemis Astias.
The Sanctuary of Artemis Astias.
Iassos ruins.
The western harbor with the ruins of a Byzantine Tower.
The western harbor with the ruins of a Byzantine Tower.

A funerary monument in the form of a Corinthian temple is a very impressive construction dating from the Roman period. It is located inside the courtyard of the “Old Fish Market” which was restored to be used as an open air museum in 1995.

A monumental Roman tomb from Iassos Caria, it had the appearance of a small Corinthian temple on a very high podium , Iassos Museum, Caria, Turkey
A monumental Roman tomb from Iassos. It had the appearance of a small Corinthian temple on a very high podium (Iassos Museum).

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