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Kaunos Ancient City

Kaunos located on the border of Caria and Lycia was established on the shore of Dalyan Strait which connects Köyceğiz Lake to Mediterranean Sea. It gradually lost its importance because of the silt that filled the port carried by the strait in the 1st century A.D.

Firstly, tombs carved in rocks in the 4th century attract the attention in the ancient city that is reached by small boats through scenic Dalyan Strait. These rock tombs resembling as a temple look awesome. Original sections of water walls surrounding the city belong to Caria satrap Mausolos (377/376-353 B.C.) period. Acropolis located in the south of the city is over a 150 meters high hill. Theater located in the east of Acropolis in the center of the city has 33 rows of seat. Ruins of a temple, a bath and a water tank can be seen in the northwest of the temple.

City which was built first in the middle of Reşadiye (Datça) by Dorians, was moved to Cape Crio (Tekir Burnu) to benefit more from sea trade in the middle of 4th century B.C. Knidos, as one of the important coastal cities, was exporting wine with its enhanced trade. Streets intersecting perpendicular were arranged according to grid plan. Statue of Aphrodite, which is famous with its Roman copies, created by Praxiteles (4th century B.C.) was located in circle planned Temple of Aphrodite. Eudoxos, one of the important mathematicians, and Sostratos who was the architect of the Lighthouse of Alexandria was from Knidos.