Knidos was famous in the 4 century BC as a center of art and culture.
Its amphitheater had places for 8,000 persons.
Today the remains of the circular temple dedicated to Aphrodite and be visited at the entrance to the site.
Knidos is situated at the tip of the Datca peninsula, where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean Sea.
The town was partially built on the mainland and partly on the Island of Triopion or Cape Krio.
By building a dam across the narrow channel two harbors were created, one on the Mediterranean Sea and the other on the Aegean Sea.
It is said that Knidos was built for the most beautiful Goddess, Aphrodite, on the most beautiful peninsula.
Originally the "old" Knidos had been founded on the location of the modern town of Datca, but around 360 BC Knidos moved on the tip of the Datca Peninsula.
Some of the famous persons who lived and worked in Knidos are the famous mathematician and philosopher Eudoxos, the sculptor Praxiteles, Skopas and Bryaxis and the architect Sostrates, the designer of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Lighthouse of Alexandria.
Knidos is located at around 30km from Datca at the end of the peninsula.
The road goes through high mountains covered by beautiful forests, interrupted by small turquoise bays and finishes in Knidos
The last part of it is unpaved, twisty and so narrow that we've been pretty sure that our biggest luck was that our car was small otherwise it was practically impossible to arrive to Knidos.
Although is not such a long distance, due to road’s conditions it takes about an hours to arrive to Knidos from Datca.
The small town of Datca has a typical architecture influenced from the Greeks, who used to live on this region in ancient times.
With a peaceful atmosphere, its most beautiful part is Eski Datca or Old Datca, located at 4 km from the centre, with beautiful old stone houses.
The lively harbor offers, beside the wonderful view, also plenty of possibilities for entertainment with specific restaurants and coffee shops.
The mosque in Hizirsah village, which has been restored, was inherited from the Seljuks period and is well worth a visit.
As our trip was not prepared in advance, we didn't know much about this region.
Driving to Datca we have seen these windmills on the right side of the road and stopped to take some pictures and walk around.
Later on we found out that the old windmills in Kizlan became a symbol for Datca.
No road so a pleasant boat trip brings you to the old city of Knidos.The current ruins are not the original settlement but for commercial reasons this became it in the 4th century B.C. Built partly on the mainland and partly on the island of Triopion or cape Krio,connected by a sandy isthmus.The Dorians and Romans built many temples here but it became famous for its statues of Aphrodite.In the late Roman and early Byzantine eras the temples became churches.Population reached 70,000 at one time but due to earthquakes and pirate attacks it was abandoned.
The Agora,theatre,an odeum,a temple of Dionysius,a temple of muses and a temple of Aphrodite and many other buildings have been identified.
Knidos was probably of Lacedaemonian colonisation and formed part of the Dorian Hexopolis with Kos,Helicarnassus,Lindos,Karimos and Lalyssos.
Famous Knidians include Eudoxus the Astronomer,Ctesias the Persian historian and Sostratus the builder of the Pharos at Alexandria.
Not as old as Knidos, but "Old Datca" is really old. :-)
There are only a few stone houses in the gardens. And only a few people live here. Trade was finished after people had gone. Nowadays there are a few pensions and restaurants.
A famous poet, Can Yucel also had a house in Old Datca. His wife is living here after his death.
Knidos is the first settlement at Datca. While we were there, a type of lilies are blooming. City ruins are not well-protected. But still there are nice marble roads, carved structures, beautiful white lilies and excellent sea.
If you simply want to walk around these remainings of the ancient times, don't forget to take some money with you (only 3 millions Lira)...
I learned it the hard way: we threw our anchor in the creek and i decided to have a look on my own by swimming from the boat to the coast (which was not that close).
Once I reached the theatre, I heard someone whistling in my back, I had a look and a guy came to me and started asking "Ticket, ticket".
Well I was in swimming suit, still with my swimming glasses in one hand, I tried to explain him I had no money with me but he didn't want to understand : "go back to your boat and bring some money back".
Sure, I swimmed back to the boat but I had no time to come back!! Too bad for the ruins...
Not far from Datca are the ruins of Knidos, one of the Dorian Hexapolis, a confederation of six cities (700BC). The other members were Kos, Kamirus, Lindos, Rhodes and Hallicarnassus (better known today as Bodrum).
Nowadays, there is nothing left there than the remainings of this prosperous time. From the creek, you still clearly see one of the two theatres but you can only imagine the legendary Aphrodite of Praxiteles statue, one of the most beautiful sculptures of antiquity...
The special thing about Knidos is its history (I will write later) and its being in the middle of two important seas
In this small ,quite ,beautiful town there is a port where hosts yachts from all around the world.There cafes,restaurants around this port and is very charming at night.
Can Yucel is an important Turkish poet and was living in Old Datca since his death.His wife is now living here.There is a street named Can Yucel in Old Datca.If you visit Old Datca you'll find it.
Datca is situated on the very west of Turkiye thats why the sunsets are fabolous .Dont miss a sunset in Knidos if you can