Written by C. A. Fliedner on 21 Jul, 2002
I suppose that if you don’t enjoy ancient history or seeing the wonders of cities like Knidos, you might want to bypass this harbor. For me, however, Knidos was my favorite stopover on my sailing trip. The air was thick with the ghosts…Read More
I suppose that if you don’t enjoy ancient history or seeing the wonders of cities like Knidos, you might want to bypass this harbor. For me, however, Knidos was my favorite stopover on my sailing trip. The air was thick with the ghosts of the past. The captain cooked dinner aboard and we ate a candlelight dinner on deck. Our stomachs full of chicken curry, we slid back on our seat cushions and stared up into galaxies. The sky was the blackest black, and the silence was haunting. How many thousands of people had gazed upon the same heavens from this ancient place? How many had lived their lives in the homes that once sat a few away from where we were anchored? Having this kind of deeply moving experience certainly puts one’s life into perspective. We are just specks of sand in the grand scheme of history. Visiting Knidos certainly is worth the effort.
By the way, I happened to meet a Turkish archaeologist from one of the big universities. I spoke to him about my concerns with relic hunters stealing artifacts from Knidos. He said that he wasn't aware that the priceless site wasn't under constant supervision; that there are so many archaeological sites in Turkey, it's hard to keep up to date on each of them. He appreciated the fact that I had let him know about some of the smaller artifacts that could be stolen and planned to write a report to the Turkish Ministery requesting a full-time guard to live at the site. Hopefully, the situation will be remedied in the near future. Turkey has been robbed of so many fabulous artifacts throughout the years that they can't afford to lose more.