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  • 1 Review on “Kaunos”

    • Sandie Tanner-Smith
      1 month ago

      What great photos!

      I’ve been visiting Kaunos every year for 16 years; it’s one of my favourite places on the planet. When I first went there, there was no signage or entry gate; we were grateful for our Turkish friend’s local knowledge.

      Having been to Pompeii, Kaunos was more magical – such an important port, destroyed by an earthquake and malaria, now deserted except for donkeys, cattle, sheep, goats, the occasional snake and lots of tortoises and lizards, no signs to tell you where you could and couldn’t walk. You could really get a feel for how it would have been, especially in the street area and the amphitheatre. The harbour, silted up, still had so much atmosphere, looking out to sea, imagining all the traffic from all over the world.

      16 years on and a lot more has been sympathetically excavated, the harbour has been partially cleared, a Roman tiled floor is visible at the side of the Church and there is an entry gate with a small charge, signage to inform you what you are viewing but the experience is the same. Because it isn’t easily accessible (half hour walk from the rowing boat from Dalyan and some of it uphill) you can wander around without meeting anyone – the amphitheatre is particularly atmospheric, if someone speaks from the ground level, you can hear them from the top, the acoustics are so good because of the rounded bases of the seats.

      There are now toilets at the entrance and neat the top of the amphitheatre and you can buy water and ice creams near the entrance. Enjoy!

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