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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Knidos, a journey back in time

In August, we tried to visit Knidos but the harbour was so crowded we couldn't anchor. Even the deep anchorage outside the harbour was too crowded with large gullets for us to find room. Now in September, we had choice of anchoring or going on the dock. We chose the dock for convenience. The price of the dock also included electric and water. 

The dock is situated in the old commercial harbour of Knidos.

The Historian Strabo described Knidos as the city that was built for the most beautiful goddess, Aphrodite, on the most beautiful region of the peninsula.

Restoration works are currently been carried out just inside the entrance to the small theatre. We spent some time watching the work in process. The little theatre is the smaller of two on this site and a typical example of a Hellenistic theatre.

The whole site has plenty of sign posts and boards with information. There is one main and obvious pathway all the way around but some of the signs lead you along a less worn track and even through bushes! It was fun but hard work at times getting through thorny bushes and clambering down large drops. 

Despite all the signs leading to the temple of the muses, we didn't find it! Perhaps there's a joke in there somewhere.... Although we did find a building that could have been it!

Dionysos Temple was built on the lowest terrace to the west of the theatre. Remains show that the infrastructure was built of white marble and superstructure from blue/white marble from Rhodes. 

The stoa has 27 chambers lined up next to each other which were probably shops. They all had the same dimensions and limestone foundations. I could imagine the hustle and bustle in this area. The views again are spectacular looking out over the old military harbour to one side and commercial harbour to the other.

There are so many artefacts lying half hurried everywhere. Please can I have a job excavating this site? I'm great at jigsaw puzzles. I can help! Please!

Some of the stones had what looked like games carved on them. We had seen this before in Spinalonga, Crete.

We climbed to the top of the slopes to admire the view. I stood on top of a temple while Nick explored one of the underground cisterns. Again, we were without a torch to explore further. Note to self..... Carry a torch everywhere!

Tiled flooring has been covered over for protection at some point. It would be good to see these restored or uncovered and protected so visitors could see.

Other tiles were left exposed and unprotected!

The ruins of Knidos are not particularly well preserved but this site is definitely worth a visit. Theres a lot more to be excavated here. The views when climbing up the terraces are quite spectacular.

There is no guide map for this site and while most signs are very informative and helpful, some lead you into bushy fields, over large fallen stones and quite literally down the garden path!