The site is known to have flourished in earlier times from the remains of ceramics that date to prehistoric man, but it prospered and flourished during the 8th and 7th centuries B.C., when the Phrygians were occupying the area. It is thought that the Phrygian settlement was left in ruins toward the end of the 7th century, around the time of the Persion invasions. The Phrygians rebuilt the town sometime during the beginning of the 6th century. This second city lived on until the period of the Romans in the 3rd century A.D., when it was abandoned. One of the rock-cut tombs, of which there are many at the site, was mistakenly thought to be the tomb of King Midas.
RUINS OF MIDAS CITY
The ancient city was composed of two towns, a lower one which stretched into the surrounding countryside and an upper town.