The virtual tour of Priene in the second half of the 2nd century BC, period of the city's heyday, provides a complete picture of a unified residential whole. The city's Ekklesiasterion is one of the most famous examples of the particular type of building, while the temple of Athena Polias is considered a monument that played a key role in the development and proved to be the standard for the measurements in Asia Minor architecture. The temple, work of Pitheus, even three hundred years later was mentioned as comparable to the Parthenon.
The city was built according to the Hippodamian system, following a strict geometrical plan. Being one of the most inclined cities in antiquity, they used extensive artificial squares with embankments and strong retaining walls for erecting public buildings, sanctuaries and complexes. The public buildings were characterised by particular care in their construction, while the residencies were organized in building blocks, which included a total of eight residencies of equal area –in two rows of four residencies–, with the necessary adaptations, depending on their location in the building block.
During our tour we will be able to see, apart from the residencies, the Agora with its Stoas, the Ekklesiasterion, the Prytaneion, the sanctuary of Athena with the temple and the altar, the sanctuary of Zeus, but also the rest of the sanctuaries. The Theatre and the Gymnasia will bring us to the end of this visit to this small but very interesting city of Asia Minor.