History


We do not have exact knowledge regarding the first settlement date of Ula, but its history dates back to the 6th century BC. The findings from the ruins of Kyllandos ancient city, indicate us that this area dates back to the 6th century BC. The name of city 'Ola' was written on the agreement which was signed by Ionians and Carians in 1440 BC.

According to Evliya Celebi's works, its name changed to 'Ula' after conquering Ulama Bey of Anatolian Beylik of Mentese. It was one of the primary settlements in early ages. Municipality was established in 1895 and has become a district of Mugla in 1954.

The history of ancient settlements date back to the thousads years, the excavations found the ruins in the centre of Ula, namely the Seven Holes Cave and Kyllandos ancient city. The Seven Holes settlement is the early age remains of the tombs and consists of multiple structures of 14 tombs in the skirts of the Alici Mountain.

The ancient city of Kyllandos is located in the Okkatas Area which is 3 km away south west of Ula. One of the most important settlements of Caria have spectacular Rock Tombs, a Theatre and Agora. The findings of these ruins indicate that it is the most important settlement in this area. The excavations and joint researches that will be held by Ula Municipality, Mugla University and The Ministry of Culture and Tourism will reveal this ancient city in the future.


Cedrae Ancient City

Ancient Cedrae city on Sedir Island in Gokova Gulf is known for Cleopatra's Beach.

Cedrae Ancient City

Seven Holes Ancient Settlement

There are 7 caves which are called 'Yedi Delik' (Seven Holes in English) by the locals, located on the skirts of the Alicin mountains at the east of the town.

Seven Holes Ancient Settlement

Kyllandos (Okkatas) Ancient Settlement

Kyllandos is one of the first age of Carian ancient cities, located on Okkatas hill.

Kyllandos (Okkatas) Ancient Settlement

Sedir Island Ancient Ruins

Sedir Island is the biggest of three islands in the Gökova Gulf. There are ruins worth seeing on the island.

Sedir Island Ancient Ruins

Architect Nail Cakırhan

You can see the most beautiful houses of Mugla’s civil architecture in Ula. Ula Houses and the deceased Nail Cakırhan were given the world known Aga Han Architecture awards.

Architect Nail Cakırhan