Küçükmenderes River

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Cayster River
Küçük Menderes 1.png
Cayster near Ödemiş
Country Turkey
Physical characteristics
Main source Beydağ, İzmir
220 m (722 ft)
River mouth Selçuk, İzmir
0 m (0 ft)
Length 114 km (71 mi)
  • Average rate:
    11.45 m3/s (404 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 3,502 km2 (1,352 sq mi)

Küçük Menderes ("Little Meander"), Cayster River or Kaystros River is south of İzmir, Turkey. It generally flows westward and arrive into the Aegean Sea at Pamucak beach, near Selçuk, İzmir. The ancient city of Ephesus was once an important port on the river,[1] but over the centuries, sedimentation gradually filled in the inlet around the city. The coastlines moved seaward, and the ruins of Ephesus are now some 8 km (5.0 mi) inland from the coast.

Its tributaries are the Fertek, Uladı, Ilıca, Değirmen, Aktaş, Rahmanlar, Prinçci, Yuvalı, Ceriközkayası, Eğridere, Birgi, Çevlik and Keles.

The river is currently just north of the Buyuk Menderes River; both rivers have often changed their course.


  1. ^ Willcock, Malcolm M. (1976). A companion to the Iliad : based on the translation by Richard Lattimore ([9th print.] ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 22. ISBN 0-226-89855-5.

Coordinates: 37°57′28″N 27°15′49″E / 37.9578°N 27.2635°E / 37.9578; 27.2635