British archaeologist Charles Newton, while digging in Knidos in 1858, wrote in his diary:
“There is a memorial tomb that Halikarnassos would be proud of; Mausoleum. Rhodes has a monumental sculpture that has been poured from bronze; Helios. There is an Aphrodite Sculpture in the small city of Knidos that can be equally proud. It was such a sculpture that King Nicomedes of Bithynia freed all the income of the city and erased all of the city’s debts in return. But no way.”
The naked Aphrodite sculpture of the sculptor Praksiteles for Knidos can not be found today; however its pedestal can be seen.
Knidos, which is a member of Rhodes Union, is located on Tekir Cape, at the junction of Aegean and Mediterranean seas, at the extreme part of the Datca Peninsula.
The city had an advanced business with wine exports. There were two ports of the city, military and commercial, surrounded by fortified walls with rounded and angular towers. The ruins include Dorian Temple, Apollon Temple, Round Temple, Parliament Building, Corinth Temple, sun clock, theater, Dionysus Temple, slope houses, odeon, Demeter Sanctuary and necropolis.
Knidos was an important port city of Carian civilization. Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods can be seen in the region. The historian Strabon describes Knidos as “a city established in the most beautiful place in the peninsula for Aphrodite.”
The view is spectacular from Knidos hills. On the one side is the Aegean Sea, on the other side is a region with an excellent landscape embracing the Mediterranean. Also the beaches around are very nice.
The best way to go to Knidos is to rent a car. There is also minibus and sea taxi service from Datca to Knidos.