Knidos

The ruins at Knidos are those of the city which flourished between the fourth century BC until the 8th century AD.  Prior to the foundation of the city the Knidians were a wealthy and successful people dedicating temples in Delos; theirs was the first all-marble temple in Greece.

For a description of the site and its history I found this site to be one of the best reads.

View from the amphitheatre across the old comercial harbour
View from the amphitheatre across the old comercial harbour

We got a cab there and back which gave us an hour and a half to walk around the site.  This is not enough to see everything but on a baking hot day you can get an idea of the scale of the place.  Our original plan of an overnight stay in the harbour would have been fantastic, I could have spent all day there!

Trireme Harbour

The city was built around an isthmus leading to a rocky head land which sheltered two coves, converted into harbours, one military and one commercial, and was vast.  It is only partly excavated and so there are a large number of unidentified piles of rocks.    But fascinatingly under some of the piles you can make out the basics of what used to be there.   We have visted a lot of archeological sites but this is the rawest one,

The front of what used to be the Corinth Ian Temple
Fallen carving from the Corinthian Temple

One striking feature of the site is the sheer volume of red clay pottery sherds originating from roof tiles, pipes and pots; the paths around the site are carpeted with them.

Piles of salvaged tiles and pipes

It was a fantastic site and one I would have loved to spend all day wandering round; perhaps another time.   But now the rest of the pictures.

Temple of Dionysos, later converted to a church
The Stoa
The Stoa. Numerous small shops and storage spaces beside the temple
Sections of portico from the Stoa
The Amphitheatre
Main Street

Christian church adapting earlier building

The Round Temple
View across the Temple of Dionysos and the two harbours

 

 

 

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