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Bafa Gölü (Lake)

The Söke Plain used to be under the sea some 2,000 years ago and there used to be a large gulf here. The sediment carried by the Büyük Menderes River filled up the gulf and turned it into a plain. The current Lake Bafa was once a part of the sea.

There are two islands on the lake. One of the twin islands is not a full island and is linked to the land by sand. You can catch sea beam, bass and eels in Lake Bafa. In the past there used to many carp but with the salting up of the lake they are not so numerous.

If you want to take a tour on the lake there shared motor boats available. You can visit the islands and the ancient city of Heraklia. You also get a swimming break. Large families or groups, if they do not want to wait for the motor boat to fill up, can also hire one for their own private trip. On the islands of the lake there were churches and monasteries, with the oldest of these being the Yediler Manastırı (the Seven Monastery). The lake is surrounded by olive trees. In the restaurants around the lake you can have meals and all are cooked in olive oil, even the omelette.

To get to the ancient city of Herakleia from Bodrum you turn in the direction of the village of Çamiçi at the end of the lake and travel for nine kilometres on an asphalted road. On the drive you might see interesting amphora-shaped rocks. The road leads you to village of Kapıkıpı and there the road goes to the lakeside right before the entrance to the village. This village is one of the places discovering tourism and all the youths here are amateur guides. They can take you on a tour to the ruins on the top of the mountain by a donkey ride. In the five to six hours long tour you visit the ancient site called the "Arap Avulus" near the village of Karpuzlu and see the ruins of the ancient theatre. Most of the young guides speak some English and German.

The ancient city of Herakleai was built in the Hellenistic style and had a regular plan. Its defensive strength should be considered, taking in its firm walls and solid tower.

The flat area where the modern primary school building is was the multi layer Hellenistic agora. The Temple of Athena, located on a top of a rock is easily identified from the inscriptions that remain. The important ruins scattered around the olive trees and the grey rocks are the bouleterion, which is in a courtyard of a house to the east of the agora; the Alter of Endymion that appears like a rough structure when you head down towards the lakeside; and the theatre on the upper hillside.

As long as you use local guides the trip to the road that climbs up to the Beşparmak Mountains, will be one of discovery with the paving, the defence system of the upper castle and the developed Christian monument just like those in Cappadocia from the 10th to the 13th centuries to be seen.

The known history of Herakleai goes back as far as the 7th century BC. The star of the ancient city shone in the Hellenistic and Roman periods and it became prosperous from the sea trade. In the Byzantine era it was a centre of bishopric.

The sacred area of Endymion was considered holy by the Christian faith as well. Endymion has an interesting story. Selene, the Goddess of the Moon, saw the shepherd Endymion sleeping outside and fell in love with him. The God Zeus got jealous of the love of Selene and in anger punished the young shepherd, condemning him to eternal sleep Every night, while he was having dreams in his deep sleep, the Goddess Selene would come and lie next to him. Thus Selene had a total of 50 children sired by the sleeping Endymion.

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  • Copyright: koksal kayhan (silverhead) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 103 W: 14 N: 203] (1668)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-08-13
  • Categories: Naturaleza
  • Exposición: f/5.6, 1/280 segundos
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  • Date Submitted: 2007-02-27 4:38
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