Priene: Bouleuterion

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Bouleuterion, Priene © David Gill

The bouleuterion at Priene in western Turkey is particularly well preserved. It dates to c. 150 BC. There are 16 rows of seats on the north side, and 10 each on the west and east side. The building was designed to hold approximately 640 individuals, suggesting its role as the space for the council or boule.

An altar decorated with boukrania stands in the centre of the space.