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The City of Gladiators where love is immortalized

The Ancient City of Stratonikeia, one of the largest marble cities in the world, contains traces from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Republican periods.

The Ancient City of Stratonikeia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the world’s largest Gymnasium (the school that prepares students for university) within 3,600 meters of walls in The Bedn District of Mugla, opened its doors to THE SPEAKER WEEKEND.

Head of excavation Prof. Dr. Bilal Sogut gave the following information about the ancient city: “Excavations were carried out for the city, which is one of the settlements visited by Evliya Çelebi and informed about it, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Yusuf Boysal in 1977-1999 and Prof. Dr.M. Cetin Şahin between 2003 and 2006. I’ve been in office since 2008. Stratonikeia dates back about 5,000 years. The settlement in this area is referred to as Attriya during the Hittite Period. Known as Khrysaoris, Idrias and Hekatesia in the Classical Period, it was renamed Stratonikeia by King Antiokhos I of Seleukos in the 2nd quarter of BC on behalf of his wife Stratonike. This name was used for a long time, including the Eastern Roman Period. In the Turkish period, it is referred to as Eskihisar. Ottoman inscriptions including Karca, Greek, Latin and Hijri and Rumi historical records were found in the studies carried out in the city.”


It is one of the rare places where the structure and urban texture of the ottoman and republican periods can be seen together. Stone-paved streets, historical sites and ruins of the Ottoman Period can be visited. Republican Village coffee shops, village square original structures are being restored to keep coppersmiths, seamstresses, blacksmiths, grocery stores and coffee shops alive. The historical Saban Aga Mosque, which is said to have been prayed by Sultan Suleiman in The Rhodes Campaign, is among the restored works in accordance with its history.


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