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The first location of Knidos was in an island along the Datca peninsula.The residents moved to its present site in about 365BC.The island now is connected to the mainland and forms 2 small harbours.The harbour on the right is in Aegean Sea and the harbour on the left is in Mediterranean sea because this specific place is where 2 seas kisses eachother.Its citizens grows whealthy from commerce.The peninsula was famous fo its wine.It was also a center of culture.Two theathers and one Odeum suggest that entertainment was important to these people.
The city had the best and bigger hospital and medical school of his time.
Praxiteles(borned in Knidos) most famous statue the nude Aphrodite ( first nue statue of the history) was bought to the city after the people of Cos rejected the Nude one .( they accepted the dressed one) The statue is still hunted but 49 copies are still placed in various part of the world.The best copy is in Vatican museum.

A video about Aphrodite of Knidos

Citizen of Knidos

"...have no fear; for you have wrought a very beautiful work of art, such as nobody, in fact, has ever seen before among all things fashioned by men's hands: you have set up a statue of your own mistress in the sacred precinct....And do not begrudge me this honour. For it is Praxiteles that people praise when they have gazed at me..."
Alciphron, Letters of the Courtesans: Phrynê to Praxiteles

The Aphrodite of Cnidus (Knidos) by Praxiteles (c.350 BC) is the first monumental female nude in classical sculpture
I am proud to be a citizen of Knidos beside this Ctesias the persian Historian was a native of Knidos as was Sostratus the builder of Pharos at Alexandria.This lighthouse is considered one of the seven wonders of the world.Eudoxus one of great astronomers was also born in Knidos.He perhaps was the head of Plato s Academy when Aristostle join it in Plato s absence in 367BC .Eudoxus had his own school later in Cyzicus ( erdek)
He made a map of the stars and invented horizontal sun dial .
There were a number of temples in the city .Among them ones to Dionysus and Aphrodite.Games was celebrated in the honor of Apollo and Poseidon.The Agora the temple of Aphrodite,the Odeum,and 2 theathers can be visit now.
A video about Datça

St Paul s journey

Knidos was the landfall in Paul s journey from Jerusalem to Rome.He had been put on an egyptian ship in Myra ( Demre) which sailed up to Knidos.Because of the head winds it took many days to reach .They Probably did not anchor because of bad wheather conditions .They went on to a fair havens in Crete where Paul advised them to winter but a breeze springing up and they look for better harbor.They had run of food before Paul saw a vision in which he was promised safe journey for all on board.After 2 weeks they were shipwrecked but all were saved and they reach the island of Malta.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Paradise of the world
  • Cons:You dont listen to me. I ve told you that its a paradise !!!
  • In a nutshell:"If God wants that you live long time.He leaves you in Knidos".Strabon
  • Last visit to Datca: May 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    You have done one of the best picture taking of the lovely scenery I have noticed in a long time. Excellent presentation and the comments are helpful.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2009 at 12:56 AM

    I went to Datca recently and thought it was a very beautiful spot. You have some really nice photos.

  • omidamini's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2009 at 10:03 PM

    Dear , Turkey is very close to me, I hope can see it and do you have a plan for visit my country ?

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2008 at 6:18 AM

    Begonvile bayildim :)

  • Oct 30, 2007 at 11:56 PM

    Cicekleriniz ve eviniz cok guzelmis. Datca'da yasamak harika olmali. Yazdiklarimi okuyor olmaniza sevindim. Onerilerinizi, yorumlarinizi bekliyorum.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2007 at 5:56 AM

    Now I know the answer on your intro question. Paradise is in Datca! Thanks Macit for sharing! Wonderful pics and interesting tips.

  • Kontes's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2007 at 7:58 AM

    Merhabalar Macit Bey, Datca sayfalari ve fotograflariniz harika. Ben de bu yaz oralardaydim ve bir kez daha hayran kaldim. Saygilarimla

  • Sep 1, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Love your pictures. Is that house with the bourganvillea located in Palamutbuku? I was there in 2006 and saw a holiday village at the end of the beach. Is that where you villa is located? Are there villas for rent or for sale in that holiday village?

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