Location: Turkey straddles the borders of Europe and Asia with the majority of the country in Southwest Asia. It has a total area of 780,580 sq.km. that lies within Europe. The country is bordered at the east by Georgia, Armenia and Iran with Iraq, Syria and the Mediterranean Sea on the south. The Aegean Sea, Greece and Bulgaria are to the west, and the Black Sea forms the northern border. Turkey's geographical coordinates are 36o 00' to 42o 00' north latitude and 26o 00' to 45o 00' east longitude.
This fascinating city with two harbors in located at the extreme end of the Datça Peninsula. It was one of the cities of the Dorian Hexapolis. During the early centuries, Cnidos was situated little bit inland near present day Datça. The city gained great fame due to its temple and famous statues of Aphrodite, sculptured by Praxiteles. Famous sculptor, Praxiteles made two statue of the goddess Aprodite, the first of these statues was nude Aphrodite and the artist sculptured that for the island of Cos. Second statue of the goddess had her garments on. But people of Cos who refused to receive the nude statues of the goddess, they eventually accepted the one with the clothes. Cnidians had no choice but receiving the nude statue, put it in the shrine of the goddess. The statue became so famous and attracted great number of pilgrims to Cnidos. Cnidos was also hometown of Eudoxos, great astronomer, mathematician who established an observatory in the town and discovered many new stars helping the navigation of the ancient times.
Visitors to Cnidos are welcomed by a beautiful ancient theatre by the harbor holding 4500 people. One of the paths leads visitors to two Byzantine churches by the military harbor. After a short climb, one can admire the fascinating round temple of the Goddess where Cnidian Aphrodite used to stand. St. Paul might have arrived to Knidus during his trip to Rome. The Egyptian ship that Paul took in Myra led him to Knidos. Due to bad weather which got worst, Paul's ship couldn't anchor at Knidos and sailed towards Fair Heaven in Crete.