Prehistoric Rock Paintings

Prehistoric Rock Paintings

The prehistoric rock paintings in the Latmos Mountains were created between 8000 - 4000 B.C. and are the earliest witnesses of prehistoric paintings in Western Turkey. Up to today, over 170 places could be discovered. They are considered as places of worship and...

Mystical Places

Mystical Places

Cult places, not well described, are scattered on the Latmos Mountains. The Latmos Mountains was for thousands of years mystical Cancel place. Near Bağırcık village and in Ekiztaş are menhirs with steps leading to the top. The location of Labranda in the same...

Stylos Monastery

Stylos Monastery

A challenging and rewarding hike to the Stylos Monastery which is high in the Latmos Mountains. There is an amazing cave with frescos. The Stylos Monastery was the biggest monastery of the region and was known for Saint Paul the Younger who lived on a tomb and ate...

Labranda

Labranda

Just as Didyma was the holy site for the nearby city of Miletos, so too was Labranda the holy site (of the God Zeus) for the city of Mylasa. The Carian people built a road between Mylasa and Labranda. The oldest ruins are from BC 600 but most of the present buildings...

Endymion

Endymion

Endymion was a shepherd leading his flock through the bizarre rocks of Mount Latmos. He played his flute so well that Selene, Goddess of the Moon fell in love with him. But Zeus also fell in love with him and was jealous of Selene. So Zeus intrigued against Selene and...

Didyma

Didyma

Didyma is today best known as a holiday center, but it actually takes its name from one of the greatest centers of knowledge of the ancient world, which is the Temple of Apollo with its famous oracle. The original temple was destroyed by the Persians but on the orders...

Gerga

Gerga

The biggest cult-center in the Latmos Mountains is Gerga. It is totally unique and not very well understood even now. Gerga was a holy place with no settlement. The most noticeable building is the Temple which is built in stone but constructed like a wooden temple....

Old Man of Mount Latmos

Old Man of Mount Latmos

The mountain was also known as the Old Man of Mount Latmos, who was a wild-weather goddess. The origin of the cult is not known, but in the Latmos Mountains are several ancient cult centers. If you experience one of the thunderbolt storms in winter you can imagine the...