Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Possible Byzantine Castle

Here we can see some of the remaining structure of what is shown on the Priene map as a Byzantine Castle.  There is very little documentation about this castle, and actually no mention of it on the official Priene Website, as a result there is some doubt as to whether it is a Castle.  What is agreed on is that it was much later structure, due to the fact that it does not follow the town plan and in fact straddles an existing road and was built over part of the older Asklepion next door.

You can see that parts of the wall here were made to be very substantial, being wide and in-filled with rubble.

Here you can see another arch all on its own. It is shown on the map on the site, but is not identified, it may be some other structure. It appears to be of the same material as the Castle ruins and there is a smaller one to the left. 

There is another chunk of ruin which seems to be the outer corner of the Castle at this point.

I have recently come across a more up to date site map showing the areas that have been under archaeological excavation over the last few years and the outline of this supposed castle is no longer shown on the map, so it would appear that the origins of this area are currently under review.

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