Sunday, February 1, 2015

Ancient Kelenderis, Aydincik

Photos by Jack Waldron
The road 30 km before reaching Aydincik is one of the biggest challenges I have faced since starting Bike Classical.  Up, and up and up and up . . . a steady climb for hours in 35 degree heat . . . beautiful!!  The reward, coasting 3 km into Aydincik directly to a small beer shop.  Heaven on earth!
The large Roman Dortayak Cenotaph with four columns (pictured below) dates from the 2nd C AD. A cenotaph is "a monument erected as a memorial to a dead person or dead people buried elsewhere, especially people killed fighting a war".
The Dortayak Cenotaph was marked on the map of Chelindreh harbor that was prepared by Rear Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort. It is made of well-cut limestones with a rectangular burial room on the lower part, on which four pylons are erected and a pyramidal roof carried by the arches of the four pylons. This type is a common one in the Roma period and may be dated to the second half of the 2nd or early 3rd C AD.
Most of ancient Kelenderis has been built over by modern Aydincik.  Pictured below, archeologists are working on a small odeon.  The great theater (not far out of the picture up on the main road) has been built over with a mosque.
I rested for two days in a nice little hotel . . . they gave me a great room and a very good price!  It turns out that I really needed that rest, because my next destination was to be even more challenging . . . ancient Anamurion . . . , and the days following would not let up.  These are the Taurus mountains.

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