KusadassiSeptember 19, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C
Unknown turkish port that really impressed us!
Unknown turkish port that really impressed us!
The name Kusadasi means "the bird's nest." It is the center of activity on this part of the Turkish coastline. Missing the political turmoil of Istanbul and Ankara, Kusadasi has its own quiet take on Turkish culture. We had an excellent Turkish lunch, complete with folk dancers and very entertaining musicians. The city is a wonderful venue for shopping and just hanging out. We were given a tour of a local rug merchant's shop with a demonstration of rug manufacturing.Read more
I was running a little temperature so I decided not to get off the ship for the visit to Kusadasi and Ephesus. We had been here before, so it seemed to be a good day to rest and recuperate. Glenda spent some time going around and photographing areas on the ship.Read more
Our ship arrived at 7am at Heraklion, capital of Crete. First stop was Knossos palace (5km from the port), the ruins of a Minoan palace, built in 2000BC. This is one of 4 Minoan palaces that have been uncovered in Crete so far, from the Bronze Age. Around 1700BC a series of earthquakes destroyed most of the palaces but they were rebuilt. The ruins we saw are dated from this second rebuild. Around 1450BC Santorini volcano erupted and Crete was affected by the resulting tsunamis that reached the North coast, destroying their ships which annihilated the Minoan economy.
The first excavation here began in 1878, and it's still an active archaeological site with more things being uncovered. The palace was a labyrinthine series of 1400 rooms for the royal family, priests etc. It was built as a labyrinth to be a refuge for the minotaur (said to be the product of the daughter of the king and a white bull she fell in love with, according to mythology, which was hunted, then eventually killed by Theseus). Most stone is white gypsum stone, locally occurring (also known as alabaster)
The red columns we saw in concrete are reconstructed.. (the original columns were cypress) Typical Minoan columns look upside down.. slightly narrower at the base and wider at the top.
Original Fresco paintings using natural pigments have mostly been moved to the museum, but some have been reproduced here.
We saw the oldest throne in Europe, and the oldest continual flushing toilet!😲
The original drinking supply was natural Springs which are still the major water source for Heraklion today
150,000 tonnes of olive oil are exported from Crete annually. This is their main export, and also 95,000 tonnes of wine.
.. Back to City centre to the archaeological museum to see the jewellery, pottery, frescoes etc that were found at the palace of Knossos and the 3 other Minoan palaces. The museum is built on top of a Venetian monastery from 15th century, the Venetians controlled Crete from 1204-1669AD and there are remains of many buildings , castles and City walls from this era The Turks took over and held control of Crete from 1669-1898 After that it was a separate state until 1913 when it became part of Greece again.
We walked the city of Heraklion, including the Venetian sea fortress.Read more
These pictures were taken just after dawn from the rooftop restaurant of a hotel in Kusadasi on the Aegean coast, just after dawn. Kusadasi is s lovely place, worth coming back to.
BTW, that island in the background is Samos, Greece.Read more
Kusadasi: Historical Portcity: Cultur meets Handbag Shopping 🛍
Unser erster Hafen in der Türkei ist Kusadasi. Die Stadt liegt an einer schönen Bucht in der türkischen Ägäis, direkt gegenüber der Insel Samos und hat rund 80.000 Einwohner. Wir besuchten die eindrucksvollen Ruinen des majestätischen Tempels von Apollon in Didyma. Anschließend Weiterfahrt nach Milet, eine der ältesten und einst mächtigsten Stadt Kleinasiens. Nach Besichtigung des dortigen Archäologischen Museums besuchten wir die Ruinen des Theaters.Read more
We were all blown away with the ancient ruins of Ephesus. This city, once a port but now 6 miles from the sea, was a prospering metropolis of more than 250000. Archaeologists have only excavated about 1/4 of the city. Walking through the marble lined streets & grand terrace houses really gives you a feel of what in might have been like in the 1st century.Read more
Our taxi driver was waiting & gave us a running commentary of the sights & life of Turkey as we drove back to the town. Clearly he was very proud of his country.
We split up as the girls did a little shopping and enjoyed a drink at The Cafe Center Restaurant in the market. We cast off from Kusadasi with our last sail-away of the trip.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Kuşadası, Kusadasi, Кушадасъ, کوشآداسی, クシャダス, 쿠샤다스, Къушадасы, Кушадасы, Кушадаси, 庫沙達瑟