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Didim is a place with an extremely rich historical past: once in the city there was a huge temple of the god Apollo, which was built for about 600 years. Already in the 7th century BC, the majestic temple and the oracle located next to it was known to the whole world. Gifts to the priests were sent by Croesus and the Egyptian pharaoh Necho II. In 479 BC the temple was plundered and desecrated by the Persians under the leadership of Xerxes. Later, the temple was restored more than once, including, in the Hellenistic era, served as a residence for emperors, kings and bishops. The word"didyma" in translation from Greek means"twins", and the building itself is a copy of another, even more luxurious temple of Artemis - perhaps the main sanctuary of the ancient world and one of the seven wonders of the world. Gemini Artemis and Apollo, born, according to legend, in the marriage of Zeus and the goddess Leto, and gave names to both temples. It is interesting that one of the most famous characters of ancient Greek myths - Medusa Gorgon - also"lived" in the vicinity of this city.
Actually the ruins of the sanctuary are still capable of making a huge impression today, and not only for historians. The bas-reliefs, ornaments and patterns on the columns and porticoes have been well preserved, giving a complete picture of the layout and location of the temple. Fans of ancient history, indifferent to the beaches of Didim, which will be discussed a little later, can also visit Ephesus (fortunately, it takes an hour and a half to get to the city) and look at the remains of the Temple of Artemis.
Those who come to Didim for rest should definitely visit one of the largest beaches in Turkey - Altinkum (which means"Golden Sands"). Altinkum is distinguished by its impeccable purity, fine sand and shallow depth even at an impressive distance from the coast. The infrastructure is well established on the beach and all safety measures are observed, therefore Altinkum is ideal for families with children. The beach has been awarded the Blue Flag, an award given by the Environmental Education Foundation. This is a kind of international quality mark, which means that the beach is not only environmentally friendly, but also safe, and also convenient for tourists and vacationers.
Didim is a city, focused on tourists, and offers guests a wide range of services from entertainment to sports. Here you can go fishing, diving, diving, hunting, as well as take part in a walking tour, the route of which is laid exclusively in places rich in historical sights. Fans of exotic and those who want to plunge into the indescribable atmosphere of Turkish flavor are open bazaars, “fishing” taverns and national restaurants offering a wide variety of dishes and dishes. For"civilized" lovers of comfort in Didim, there are many hotels and hotels of varying degrees of"fashionableness". At night, the doors are opened by clubs, pubs, entertainment centers and other entertainment establishments.
The main religious attraction of the city is the tomb of the Virgin Mary, who arrived, according to legend, to these places after the crucifixion of Christ and lived in a small house on Mount Koressos the rest of her days. The house and the grave of the Virgin are revered as shrines by both Christians and Muslims, all year round pilgrims from all over the world stretch to the holy place.
The unique natural complex Pamukkale is a must-see. Although you will have to drive 250 km to the famous"Cotton Castle", the excursion is worth it. Pamukkale is a mountainous slope, white with salts and calcium cascades of which flows down water, gushing from thermal mineral springs. The place is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and at first glance amazes with its unusual beauty. Tourists are allowed to swim in Cleopatra's pool, located in the ruined ancient Greek city of Hierapolis. You can walk on the travertines themselves only barefoot and accompanied by a guard because of their extreme fragility, while diving into small mineral lakes on the territory of the natural monument is completely prohibited.
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Topic: Information about Didim resort in Turkey.