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Milas (Mylasa)

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Mylasa, one of the most important Carian cities, has survived under the name Milas. Mylasa, got its name from Mylasos, who, according to mythology, was the descendant of Aiolos, the ruler of the winds, who lived on the island of Aiolia in the Mediterranean.

The "asa" suffix at the end of Mylasa's name indicates that Milas was founded in ancient times (3,000 BC).

Alexander the Great, who went on an Asian expedition in 334 BC, conquered South-Western Anatolia and Milas in the meantime, and gave the lands he had acquired to the Queen of Caria, Ada.

Mylasa arbitrated a class dispute in 143 BC at the request of the Roman emperor Macmilius, and after that date it became the center of courts presided over by Roman governors.
Milas, which was the episcopacy center during the Byzantine period, later passed into the hands of the Seljuks, Menteseogullari and the Ottomans.

In Milas, you can visit the Boğazkesen Monument and the old Milas Hungarian Houses and see the Hekatomnos Mausoleum exhibited in the Uzunyuva Museum Complex.

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