View of abandoned Ionic column drums in front of the partially restored Ionic Stoa which was built in 50 AD by Tiberius Claudius Sophanes. The Ionic Stoa originally had thirty five Ionic columns in front and nineteen shops at the rear. The road in front of it was the spectacular and processional 100 metre long sacred way which was built in the Roman period and connected the Harbour Gate and the Lions Harbour. The back of the Stoa shops were bounded by the Hellenistic gymnasium and the Vergilius Capito Baths.
Miletus was a major city and birthplace of Isidore (architect of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia). The Sacred Way was the road from Athens to Eleusis. It was so called because it was the route taken by a procession celebrating the Eleusinian Mysteries. The procession to Eleusis began at Kerameikos (the Athenian cemetery) on the 19th Boedromion. Submerged remains of the temple of Apollo Delphinios on the left of the Ionic Stoa on the Sacred Way in the ancient ruined city of Miletus, Turkey.