The Streets

The streets of the city, built in the period up to the fourth century B.C. according to the principles of Hippodamus of Miletus, were laid out regularly in draughtboard pattern, pointing to the four cardinal points and crossing one another … Read More »


The Water Supply

The water installations of Priene were extremely good. The water which now powers the mills of Gullubahce, was the water supply of the ancient city. The installations are to the east of the city. The water was brought to the … Read More »


The Walls

If one walks from the German Tower in the village of Gullubahce towards the mountain, one sees that the city walls, well-preserved in places, have a front and rear face of smooth-hewn rectangular stones. The space between is filled in … Read More »


Ruins Of Myrina

Very little remains of the ancient city today, unfortunately. Myrina was built upon two hills known as Kato and Epano. The city’s acropolis occupied the latter. Sections of the polygonal defense walls were excavated and may- be seen on Epano, … Read More »


History Of Myrina

Most of the history learned about Myrina has come down in the form of mythology and legend. It appears that the site was visited by the Amazon armies during a great seige and conquest of Asia Minor, and that the … Read More »


Ruins Of Van

The sights of touristic interest are many and varied in Van. These include, first and foremost, the ancient citadel of the city, several fine mosques dating from the Seljuk settlement in the region, Toprakkale, which is the site of the … Read More »



This town is located an the promentory at the southwest end of Lake Van, from where you can board a ferryboat for a tour of the lake; the boot goes toward the north to Ahlat, Adllcevoz, and Erciş and south … Read More »


Akhtamar Island (Akdamar Adası)

Akhtamar Island This small islet is reached by boat from the port of Gevaş, and the voyage takes about a half an hour. The mpst remarkable of the points of interest on Akhtamar is the Armenian church found roughly four … Read More »



<<Back To Ruins Of Van This is the site of the 8th century B.C. center of the Urartu civilization. It Is located a few kilometers down the Özalp road and occupies the summit of a hiii from where the view … Read More »


History Of Van

Ancient legend has it that Van was built during the reign of the Assyrian Queen Semiramie and was later enlarged by a local prince by the name of Van, in whose honor the city was eventually christened. During the rule … Read More »