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Teos Ancient City

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Ancient City of Teos

Ancient City of Teos, located in Seferihisar town of Izmir was founded as an Ionian civilization in 1000 BC. It is believed that Athames, the son of Dionysus, was the founder of the city. Teos was ruled first by Lydia and then Persia.

Teos Archaeological Site

Teos Ancient City is located in Seferihisar town of Izmir province. Founded in 1050-1000 BC, Teos was one of the 12 cities in Antique Ionia.

The Temple of Dionysus was originally built by Hermogenes from Priene in 2nd century BC. It is the largest of the temples built in the name of Dionysus in Anatolia. The temple was constantly repaired during the Roman Empire, but damaged by earthquakes.

Teos Ancient City consists of the Hellenistic city walls, antique theatre, acropolis, agora, odeon, bouleuterion, cistern, gymnasium, the remains of the ancient southern port and a small church built on the pier.

Ruins of Teos

The history and natural beauty add to the richness of Teos. Teos was also the only city where artists lived autonomously in the Hellenistic period.

There are Hellenistic and Roman period monuments in the ancient city of Teos that was one of the 12 Ionian settlements in Archaic Age and that had colonies like the other Ionian settlements.

Temple of Dionysus: The Temple of Dionysus, which is open to visitors, is the most significant monument at Teos. This is the largest temple of Dionysus in the ancient world.

Must-See Places: Antique Theatre, South Harbour, Karagol Ancient Marble Quarry are other significant must-see places around the Archaeological Site of Teos.

Anacreon: Anacreon, the famous lyric poet from the ancient period, known for his poems on love and wine, was born in this city.

Teos Archaeological Site, Turkey

Ancient City of Teos, Seferihisar, Izmir