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The province of Aydin, covering an area of some 8000 km2, comprises both banks of a broad valley made fertile by the Menderes River. This river is perhaps better known in history as Meander which in antiquity separated the kingdoms of Lydia and Caria and included the territories of the famed city-states of Priene, Miletus, Didyma, Myos, Magnesia and the magnificent Aphrodisias. The religious and political center of an 8th century B.C. confederation of twelve cities known as the Ionian League, The Panionion, was located on the peninsula jutting out into the Aegean opposite the Greek island of Samos which was also a member of that league. Ruled at various times by Hittites, Carians, Lydians, Persians, Macedonians, Pergamenes, Romans and Byzantines, among others, the valley was conquered by the Turks in the 13th century A.D.
The town of Aydin stands just below a very few vestiges of the ancient city of Tralles, a city of commerce which incurred Roman rage for its opposition to Roman annexation. It is also known as the birthplace of Anthemius of Tralles, one of the two architects of the great basilica of St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia).