The Coastal Treasures of Assos and Cunda
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A few columns of varying size around a large platform are all that remains of one of the most important Greek temples in Turkey.
Built in honor of Athena, patron goddess of this seaside city, construction began on the temple around the 6th century B.C. This was the beginning of a period known as the Ionian Awakening, when Greek settlements all along Turkey's western coastline made significant strides in philosophy, geometry, and science.
The hill upon which the temple was built rises nearly 800 feet above the sea, an intentional design choice that made the shrine visible to travelers approaching from all directions. When the weather permits, you can still see the island of Lesbos to the south and the famous Mount Ida, described by Homer in the Iliad, to the east.
And it's not the only great coastal view on this tour. From the most famous vantage point on Cunda Island, you'll take in views so picturesque that it'll be easy to understand why the area is nicknamed "Lovers' Hill." At the nearby Rahmi M. Ko Museum, you can check out ships, chronometers, and perambulators for a different perspective on Turkish history.
The unique stew of Middle Eastern and Classical culture has been simmering in this quaint coastal region for thousands of years, resulting in a fascinating blend of art, cuisine, and history, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Aegean Sea.
A dolphin's tale
Many stories in Greek mythology are based on relationships between animals and humans. The famous 2nd-century writer and traveler Pausanias claimed to have witnessed one legendary encounter himself in Poroselene Bay, at the north end of Cunda Island. According to Pausanias, a dolphin here saved a young boy from drowning after the boy had previously nursed the dolphin back to health in the wake of an attempt by local fishermen to catch it. The bay remains a popular attraction with 21st-century travelers, man and dolphin alike.
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