Caunos Ancient City
The rock graves of Caunos, which are opposite the locality Dalyan at a step mountain slope, did not lose their splendour for thous and of years. First, which the eye is seen, that itself the rock graves of Caunos and the present graves the same atmosphere divide. The inhabitants of Dalyan love the Caunien and as the descendants of those accepted themselves. The 2500 years of old king graves from Caunos are as the first years splendid.
They cannot turn away their views from the graves. The region was once under the rule of the Carian. However the antiquity city Caunos had its own culture and was independent. The city is surrounded with a wall, which shows different building phases.
In the centre the grek-Roman theatre, the hot spring system, the Agora, business, the port, nymphaen with appropriate for the antique city. The total population of the city had never been over 4000 humans. A large part of the Caunian with fishery, fig breed, cattle breeding and maritime trade concerned themselves. After the 8.jh. Chr. The urban population and a part of the population became impoverished settled as a worker in Agean.
The Caunian living up to the collapse in the city destroyed the old buildings around port to win. In roder produce weapons, kitchen the old buildings of the city were destroyed because of strong rainfalls and buried underground. Caunos was continuously exposed to hostile attacts because of its strategic position. One sees the Persian, Lycian, Roman, Byzantine and later the Seldjuks supremacy in this region. The Kaunier lived particularly along time under the Roman rule and by its culture was influenced.
The city lives on with the Counos legend. It old that the king Miletos of twins had. A son named Caunos and a daughter named Byblis. After the loving forbidden by Caunos its sister became from the brother love. When father Miletos of this love experienced, he hunted its son Caunos from the city.
The hunted Caunos came into this region and created here its city with its own name. The city had a very important port in the antiquity. The excavations in the city began 1966 and stil persist. In the next years the Roman hot spring is modified to a museum and released the tourism. It’s accessible not only by voat but also by road from Köyceğiz. Numerous fortresses overlooking Caunos has been.