Cnidos is a magic place to visit for many different reasons, either because of its double harbour, its precious memories of the first nude Aphrodite or simply because of its location as it is spread over two opposite hills. Sailing into the
of Cnidos situated at the tip of the Dorian Peninsula,
due south of ,
is a unique experience too (see: What did Alexander the Great know of Cnidos?) Halicarnassus
Beyond the buildings now in ruins, Cnidos is said to be the hometown of the Greek astronomer and mathematician, Eudoxus (408-355 BC) who was a pupil of Plato. What seems to be first sun dial ever was discovered here at Cnidos, the gnomon, and has been attributed to Eudoxus as well. More great men have their roots in Cnidos: Euryphon (early 5th century BC), a Greek physician; Polygnotos (end 5th century BC), a Greek vase painter; Ctesias (5th century BC) who as a Greek historian wrote a history of Persia and as physician served Artaxerxes Mnemon of Persia; and finally Sostratos, a Greek engineer and architect who designed the incomparable lighthouse of Alexandria.
In 2013, new excavations went underway and were focused mainly on the largest
and the theatre, while attention
was also given to possible underwater artifacts. Work has also started at the Byzantine Church of which the floor was swept
clean. Yet during Byzantine times this temple was, as so often, converted into
a church of which we only can see the rounded apse. Excavators are now defining
the propylon of this temple and
erecting the columns in the gallery. In the process many loose blocks ornamental
or not will be prepared for restoring which also will include the Stoa that runs
parallel to the length of the temple over a distance of one hundred meters.
Temple of Dionysus
It will be interesting to see what has been done here since my last visit in 2012. It always pays to go back, doesn’t it?