History


Ortaca is one of the earliest known settlements that belonged to the Persian’s domination in 540 BC. This beautiful city's reigns had changed many times with the wars of Persian-Lydian and the wars of Persian-Hellen until it was conquered by Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia and the Commander in 334 BC. The conquering of this area took 200 years in his period. Ortaca was later controlled by the Egyptian Empire with the Queen of Egypt Cleopatra.

Ortaca that was ruled by the Roman Empire in 192 BC had participated in the Turkish territory with the Battle of Malazgirt between the Turkish army with the commander of Alpaslan the Seljuk and 200 thousand soldiers of the Commander of the Byzantine Emperor Romanos Diogenus.


What can you see in Caunos?

The major buildings of this ancient city are: Acropolis (castle and ramparts), city walls, amphitheatre, church, bath, storehouse, fountain, agora, stoa, urban roads, temples, the holy area, port and the tombs.

What can you see in Caunos?

Caunos Ancient City

The settlement of Caunos ancient city set along the edge of the Dalyan Channel which connects Koycegiz Lake to the Mediterranean sea, starts north of the harbour and ends up at the rocks top edge of Dalyan village.

Caunos Ancient City

Acropolis

The Acropolis is established on 152 metres high hill in Caunos ancient city. The walls in the north date back to the middle ages.

Acropolis

Amphitheatre

The amphitheatre on the west slope of the Acropolis has a capacity of 5000 people.

Amphitheatre