Sacred Stoa, Priene, Turkey

160-150 BCE ca.
"The city of Priene lies on the southern slopes of Mt. Mykale overlooking the Maeander river. The city largely excavated by the Germans in the late 19th century is planned on a strict grid, defying the steeply sloping topography of the site and imposing a rational human order on the landscape. Its well-preserved remains, with its temple of Athena, well-planned agora, theater, stadium, gymnasium, fortification walls and many excavated houses, form one of the best examples of a small Greek polis". -- The Sacred Stoa has two aisles, 15 rooms/shops, and faces south. It is located in the north portion of the agora in the center of the city. A flight of 6 steps connects the stoa to the agora below. The exterior colonnade was formed of 49 columns. The Archivision Collection of Ancient Sites was funded by the Jack Martin Balcer Library Endowment. Keywords: Turkey, Aydin Ili, Turunçlar, Turunclar, urban, hillside, Mediterranean, Greek (ancient), Hellenistic, fortified city, ancient town, city planning, stone, marble, bearing masonry, market, social and civic buildings, outdoor spaces, agoras. Photographed by Scott Gilchrist, Archivision.
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