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Pygale

Pygale is a small site located on a tiny tip of land just next to Kustur holiday village, about 3 kilometers (1,9 miles) north of Kusadasi town in the Aegean. Today nothing much left from the ancient city of Pygale except some traces of the walls, but it was an important city in the past according to historic resources.

According to Xeonophon, one of the authors of 5th century BC, Pygale was assembled by the king Agamemnon of the town of Myeknai in Argos. In the 14th volume of Strabon's "Geography" book it is told that Pygale was established by Agamemnon who settled large amount of his soldiers there who made good use of boiling healing water in the land, and these soldiers became the first inhabitants of the city. According to Strabo again, there was a temple made for the moon goddess Munkyia in Pygale. During the period of Trojan Wars that continued about ten years in the 13th century BC, Pygale was used for curing soldiers and repairing ships.

After the battle of the Granikos in 334 BC, Pygale was also used as an entertainment and treatment center for Alexander the Great's soldiers who fought against Persians. Written inheritance of the whole past and visual inheritance going over today prove us that one of the first cities established on purpose of health in the world could be in Kusadasi known with its name "Pygale". It was also one of the locations where the Mycenaean ceramics were made, showing us the richness and importance of this ancient site.

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