For the city which is located in a region with eventful prehistory and history, the history of Çanakkale is surprisingly short. This settlement was established when Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror ordered the construction of Çimenlik Castle in 1461. The building materials for its construction were obtained mainly from the nearby ancient city of Abydos. At the same time, Kilitbahir Fortress was erected on the European shore of the Dardanelles. These sister fortifications were built at the narrowest point of the strait, with the aim to protect the waterway to Istanbul.
The ruins of the ancient city of Olba are located deep in the Taurus Mountains. Most likely, it was the capital of the local kingdom called Pirindu that existed in the area in the sixth century BCE. The traces of ancient buildings are located at the mouth of a long and deep ravine. Moreover, about 4 km to the west, there are the ruins of the old sanctuary of Diocaesarea. The relation of Olba and Diocaesarea can be likened to the connection between the Hecate sanctuary in Lagina and the city of Stratonicea or the Apollo Temple in Didyma and the city of Miletus.
Miletus Museum is a small but very attractive venue. In 2011, it was finally reopened after a long renovation, in a new building after many years of closure. It was worth the wait - here one can admire not only the exhibits found in the area of the ancient city of Miletus but also from Priene and Didyma. What's more, the museum is well-prepared for visitors, as there are information boards and plans, described not only Turkish but also in English.
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For many people, the slogan "a holiday in Turkey" means only one thing - beach holidays in Alanya. It is true that Turkey is a vast and diverse country, the shores of its four seas are dotted with many holiday resorts, but this association is the most appropriate. Each year millions of tourists arrive at Alanya and the quality of sand on the famous Cleopatra beach, as well as selection of the best hotel in the area and the season's trendiest nightclub, are the subjects of many heated discussions and controversies.