Knidos (Knidos)

town

Another name is Knid. The ruins of the antique town in Mugla Province, on Datca peninsula, 80 km from Marmaris.

Coordinates

36° 41′ 02″ N, 27° 22′ 31″ E

About the location

The ruins of the antique town Knidos.

Anchorage is possible only in the S Byuk Limani Bay of the town; it is not deep enough in the N. When entering the bay, yachts have to be on the lookout for an underwater stone mole from the NW side. There is a T-pier in the bay, boats anchor broadside or bow-to, stern-to or anchor. There is enough room for anchoring. The seabed: sand, seaweed, the anchor holds, mostly, firmly, but can slip in some areas. A reliable shelter during any wind except for S wind. During a strong N wind (it is prevailing here) it easily passes the isthmus, and in this case anchorage is not comfortable here.

The area is attractive because of the well preserved ruins of the ancient town Knidos. It used to be a colony of Lacedaemonians, a large trade center. It was partially located on the mainland, partially on the island connected to the land by the dykes. In the ancient times there used to be 2 bays: for military and merchant boats, but the N bay is shallow nowadays. There are picturesque views all around and they attract tourists.

Knidos is famous for its statue of Aphrodite and the scientist Eudoxus of Cnidus, a mathematician, mechanic and astronomer who is considered to be the father of the ancient geometry. Eudoxus was the first to calculate the circumference of Earth. He had built a sundial from marble in the form of an armchair that used to show the time of the day and the season. The sundial can also be seen today in the open-air museum.

Knid used to be the center of Aphrodite’s cult. Praxiteles, or Praxiteles of Knidos, was the first to make the sculpture of a naked Aphrodite of Knidos

In the 1970s during the excavation the archeologists found Aphrodite’s Temple and the pedestal of the famous statue of Aphrodite of Knidos. Unfortunately, the original statue has not been preserved but there are several copies of it and one of them is kept in Vatican.

Earlier, in 1857-1859 during the exploration of the ruins by the British archeologists they have found the marble statue of Goddess Demeter. Apart from that, archeologists had discovered Temples honoring Apollo and Dionysius, antique amphitheaters and churches of the Byzantine times.

You can read more about Knidos here:

http://marmarisinfo.ru/antichnyj-gorod-knidos.html

Anchoring, mooring

There is a wooden T-pier in the S bay. Anchorage is broadside from both sides to the T-pier and stern, bow-to to the dock and at anchor during anchoring to a pier’s berth. Anchoring is available. Depth is 4-15 meters. The seabed: sand, seaweed, the anchor holds, mostly, firmly, but can slip in some areas.

Shelter

A reliable shelter during any wind except for S wind. During a strong N wind (it is prevailing here) it easily passes the isthmus with strong gusts, and in this case anchorage is not comfortable here. The bay is poorly sheltered from S wind that brings in waves, which makes anchorage impossible.

Service, provisions at the dock

The dock belongs to the restaurant. Its employee will show you the berth and help you mooring and take the mooring line’s ends. There is a half-hour fee and a daily fee.

There is water, electricity, a shower and a lavatory.

Infrastructure, supply

There is only one restaurant ashore.

You can buy canned olives and home-cooked meat. They sell provisions at the entrance into the town.

What to look for

You can go sightseeing the ruins of Hellenistic period. Sometimes there are informational stands positioned next to them. Fragments of columns, statues and ceramics can be found everywhere. The entrance to the open-air museum costs 10 liras.

Since Knidos is situated on the hill, you can enjoy marvelous views overlooking the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas.

What and where to eat

There is one restaurant ashore and it offers fresh fish.

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