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Amos

Amos Panorama

 

Amos is the next small bay to Turunç.  By road it's about a ten minute drive or a 45 minute walk if you are feeling energetic: there are some relatively short uphill stretches but you are rewarded with breathtaking views along the coast.  The road will bring you to the entrance to the residential complex called “Profesori Siteler” or the Professors’ Estate.  These properties were originally built for university lecturers and staff from the main national universities but are now privately owned.  Visitors are allowed to enter the complex and there is a lovely beach front restaurant at the foot of the steep hill.  The beach is shingle and pebble and is wonderfully clean and unspoilt.  As an alternative to the road, during the summer, the daily taxi boat from Turunc makes a morning trip here and picks up again in the late afternoon.

Amos - view along jetty into the bay
Amos - visiting boats trips anchored in the afternoon
Amos - enjoying the beautifully clear sea
Amos Ruins - Amphitheatre
Amos Ruins
Amos Ruins - Breathtaking Views
Looking down into the tiny bay at Amos
Looking from the sea at the 'Professors’ Estate' at Amos
Beautiful views and gardens at the Amos 'Professors’ Estate'

 

If you are feeling really intrepid, there is a footpath that links Turunç and Amos.  You need to be reasonably fit and wear strong shoes or hiking boots as the terrain is rocky and hilly.  It's also probably best avoided in summer when the heat and undergrowth can make the going very difficult.  Finding the start point can be a bit of a challenge - it's close to the petrol station but ask for local directions if you are unsure.  Once on the path, follow the red painted rocks - but do take care.  To get an impression of this walk check out the "Winter walk to Amos" movie. This tells the story of how three friends - Cinta, Iain and Maria - spent an enjoyable few hours, on a beautifully sunny New Year's Eve 2010, taking this "explorers" route to the ruins at Amos. Admire the scenery, turn up the sound and listen to the lovely Sezen Aksu, and lose yourself for 2½ minutes!

The nearest archaeological remains to Turunç are at Amos and are accessible from the Asarcik hill, northwest of Kumlubük bay.  You can see a fairly well preserved hillside amphitheatre on the northern side of the headland.  This has a seating area, side walls and a stage with three chambers.  There are plenty of low walls throughout and on the southern side of the site, the outer ramparts and defensive wall are still clearly defined.  At the highest point is a temple with statue pedestals surrounding the altar.  The earliest known settlement at Amos dates back to the Hellenistic period (330 - 30 BC).  Excavations by a British archaeologist, Professor Bean, in 1948 discovered several inscriptions on stone.  Some of these have been translated and reveal that they were rental contracts, which are thought to date to circa 200 BC.  Further exploration of the site with possible excavations is planned over the next couple of years.