Bouleuterion in Miletos

Bouleuterion in Miletos
Miletos is one of the oldest Ionian cities and the settlement is more than 3.500 years old. It is near the mouth of the Maeander River in ancient Ionia, on the Aegean Sea coast, Western Anatolia -Turkey. Milesians aim was to build a new Hellenistic temple on the site of the earlier shrine, which they intended to be the largest in the Greek world.

On the opposite side of the main square in Miletus lie the remains of the bouleuterion (council chamber), a building 35m/115ft wide erected between 175 and 164 B.C. by twomiians, Tinarchos and Herakleidos for their patron King Antiochos IV Epiphanes of Syria. The 35m/114ft wide interior of the chamber resembles a theater. The orchestra had a diameter of 8m/26ft and the auditorium, divided into four sections by stairways could seat about 5,000 people.

Ancient Street close to the city's centre that is lined on its right side by the South Agora that was built in the 3rd century BC and is one of the largest market place ever built in Antiquity. Lining the ancient street on its left is the Bouleuterion or Council Chamber which had a seating capacity of 500 and dates from around the 2nd century AD.

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