Knidos, located at the extremity of the long Datça peninsula near Bodrum, was built partly on the Anatolian mainland and partly on the Island of Triopion, connected by means of a causeway that became two grand harbors remaining more or less intact even today. Knidos was a city of high antiquity featuring a number of ancient worshipping sites, including mostly intact statues of Demeter and temple complexes for Aphrodite and Dionysus among others.
Tekir, Knidos' modern handle, is awaiting sponsors for plans to restore the area. Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Datça local authority Mustafa Kaya said the Corinth temple and the ancient fountain in the ancient city needed some restoration work, which required financial support along with a supply of electricity. "As you know, there is no electricity in the ancient city of Knidos and it is highly costly to bring such a facility to the city. We are in search of a sponsor to carry out restoration works," he said, adding that the ancient city and the excavation site have been lit via generator power.
"The area where Knidos is situated is also a small port in which the anchored boats need electricity and a generator can't fulfill all the need. When we find a sponsor, both the ancient city and the boats at the port will have electricity and their problems will be solved," Kaya noted.
Noting that they gave great importance to the promotion of Knidos, he said, "We prepared around 2,000 CDs for Knidos, with some promotional information and photographs. Another of our plans is also to release a book about our ancient city."
The ancient city of Knidos lies 35 kilometers from Datça and used to be an advanced city in terms of science, architecture and arts as well as home to the famous astrologist and mathematician Eudoxus, the Persian historian Ctesias, as well as Sostratus, the builder of the celebrated Pharos at Alexandria. Euryphon's students founded the second most famous medical school of their time in Knidos. Also, the sundial, developed by Eudoxus, a great inventor of his time, has attracted numerous domestic and international tourists including boat owners. The ancient city of Knidos had its fair share of remarkable denizens throughout its history.
Knidos also has some of the most impressive ruins on the peninsula. The agora (marketplace), two ancient theaters with the capacity of 20,000 and 5,000, an odeum (a theater), a temple of Dionysus, a temple of the Muses, a temple of Aphrodite and a great number of minor buildings are the major attractions in the area.