Cedar Island, Ula - Islands

Cedar Island, Ula - Islands

It is the largest of a triple island group in the Gulf of Kerme (Gökova Gulf), full of ancient ruins of spectacular beauty. It is located within the borders of Ula district of Mugla. The ancient name is Kedrae or Cedrae and the island has ruins from this period. Historical development of BC. Starting from the 6th century, Kedrae was one of the important cities of Caria. According to some sources, the Karian king families spent their summers on this island. In the following centuries we see this island as one of the important towns of the Rhodes Peria. B.C. 454- BC. Kedrae joined the Carian Union in 428, and later joined the Attica-Delos Naval Union. At first, the island was paying 3 thousand a year, then 2 thousand drachma dues.

It is known that this island, which the people of Marmaris called Sedir Island, was called Cedrae in the early ages. The root of the word is Cedrus (cedar tree), a tree that reaches large heights, and it may have been named after the island and its environs for centuries. However, there is no trace of these cedars on or around the island. Today the island is covered with maquis, olive and pine trees. Official treasury records are referred to as Şehroğlu Island or Şehroğlan Island. Halikarnas Balıkçısı named this island as Gülen. Cleopatra Island, Poetry Island, Love Island, Honeymoon Island are also worthy of the name. These are always due to the history and beauty of the island. The narrative of Cleopatra, narrated from the golden sands of the island, is merely an exaggerated touristic tale. The most common narrative is that Queen Cleopatra and her lover, Roman Commander Antonius, were brought from Egypt to meet on the island.

The sands on the northern shores of the island are specially formed limestone droplets and are seen only on Crete Island except Sedir Island in the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea. The sand that is produced as a result of very special geological formations is under protection. Numerous cut stone towers and fortifications, the temple of Apollo and the church built in its place, the well-preserved theater still standing, the agora and the remains of the ancient harbor of Sedir Island are worth seeing.


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