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Alinda

Bütün Türkiye resimleri için buraya basınız veya Başka antik yerleri için buraya basınız
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Let’s start by telling you I felt pretty stupid when it turned out I had visited Alinda without seeing, let alone taking pictures of, the rather well-preserved 99 meters wide market building, or the 5000-people holding theatre. It was a day on which I had earlier, unexpectedly, visited Labraunda, a visit that lasted longer and involved more climbing than usual. I had started my visit of Alinda at its aqueduct, a large part of which is still standing. Then climbed a hill, then climbed down to see some defensive towers, then uphill again, to an even higher hill, where I seeked the market building. Now that was stupid: who’d build a market on top of a hill? With the town downhill? Sorry, it must have been the heat. When my driver suggested we’d had it for that day I agreed, and only later saw that a short ride would have brought us to the two monuments. Well, now I have a reason to visit again.
The Wikipedia has: Alinda (Ἄλινδα) was an ancient inland city and bishopric in Caria, in Asia Minor (Anatolia), now a Latin Catholic titular bishopric. […]Alinda could have been an important city since the second millennium BC and has been associated with Ialanti that appears in Hittite sources (J. Garstang, p. 179). It was this fortress which was held by the exiled Carian Queen Ada. She greeted Alexander the Great here in 334 BC. The city could have been renamed "Alexandria by the Latmos" shortly afterwards, and was recorded as thus by Stephanus of Byzantium, although different sources raise different possibilities as to the exact location of the settlement of that name. The prior name of Alinda was restored by at least 81 BC. It appears as "Alinda" in Ptolemy's Geographia (Book V, ch. 2) of the 2nd century AD. Alinda remained an important commercial city; minting its own coins from the third century BC to the 3rd century AD. Stephanus records that the city had a temple of Apollo containing a statue of Aphrodite by Praxiteles. Alinda has a necropolis of Carian tombs and has been partially excavated. Alinda also had a major water system including a Roman aqueduct, a nearly-intact market place, a 5,000-seat Roman amphitheater in relatively good condition, and remains of numerous temples and sarcophagi”
The site of the Ministry of culture and tourism adds (I write 6-10-2015): “There are two tempest foundations at the acropolis.” The ministry should employ someone who writes decent English. “Tempest” my foot.
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