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Bathonea (Ancient Greek: Βαθονεία) is a long-lost ancient Greek city that was located on the European shore of the sea of Marmara, 20 km west from Istanbul in Turkey.[1][2]

The ruins of this town, which have always remained visible, were studied extensively in 1930 by the Swiss archeologist Ernest Mamboury,[3] who identified the settlement as the town of Rhegion based on ancient sources.[3] In 2009 a new identification was proposed, as the Hellenistic-Roman city of Bathonea.[1][2] At present excavations are conducted under the direction of Dr. Şengül Aydıngün, an associate Professor of the Kocaeli University.

The settlement lies 20 kilometres west from Istanbul. Brutea's site is eight kilometers wide, reaching a small inlet west of Istanbul on the banks of Lake Küçükçekmece. Some remains of this city could be submerged in the waters of this lake. A researcher found a lighthouse in the middle of the lake that could have belonged to Bathonea. If this is verified, it will be another Roman lighthouses that existed in the eastern Mediterranean, such as that of Alexandria and Patara.

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  1. ^ a b "Heritage Key". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  2. ^ a b "Greatest finds of the year". The Independent. January 7, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Mamboury (1953)


  • Mamboury, Ernest (1953). The Tourists' Istanbul. Istanbul: Çituri Biraderler Basımevi.

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