Friday, January 10, 2014

The Turquoise Coast - Dalyan River and Caunus

One of our side diversions while cruising the coast was a trip up the Dalyan River to the resort town of Dalyan. At the entrance to the river, we encountered some crab fishermen who have a good time adorning the tourists with crab "necklaces...
Kit got the same treatment:
On the plus side, though, they feed the loggerhead turtles some of their crab, which makes it easy to see the critters:
After this merriment, we cruised up the Dalyan River to Dalyan city, which was a bit moribund, since we weren't there in resort season:

Kemal Ataturk statue in the town square, as in most town squares in Turkey:
To my surprise, there was a huge Roman ruin here that I had never heard of: Caunus or Kaunos. It was an important sea port, although Dalyan Bay has silted up to such an extent that it's now 8 km from the coast. It dates back to at least the 9th century BC and is mentioned in the Histories of Herodotus. It has been under Persian, Roman and Byzantine rule, but was abandoned in the 15th century due to a malaria epidemic.

The fort walls from below:


 Theater seats:

Theater entrance and theater:

Lycian tombs in the cliffside:

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