Culture and History
The history of Gumusluk dates back to the 2nd century BC with its independence noted in the year 196 BC.
The city underwent a massive earthquake and major excavation work was done in 2006. The smidgens of the earthquake can be perceived both on the East harbor, whose architectural fragments drowned in the water, and on the city walls, which are conserved in present.
The word Gümüs means “Silver” in Turkish. It’s not known why Gümüslük is named so but some locals say that it is because of the history of Mydus when the city used to be really prevailing and started to mine and mint its own silver coins. It’s also believed that it is due to the scene of ‘yakamoz’ (reflection of the moon on the water) turning the water in the bay stunning silver.
The earthquake has left much of the relics meters underneath the ground but strolling these sites makes quite an amusing thing to do for the region’s beauty and history.
Ancient Myndos – Village of Gumusluk:
The Bodrum peninsula is gorgeous and bursting with unanticipated novelties. Dedicate a day to trip across the peninsula and halfway there you would discover the Village of Gumusluk.
It is an admirable point – a peculiar village with great seafood restaurants besides the waterfront and beautiful views as an incentive for trekking a nearby hill overseeing some of the remains of olden Myndos.
Ephesus – Day Trip from Gumusluk:
This is a must-do during a holiday in Turkey and because of heat visit during the months other than July and August.
Ephesus is a well-conserved old city on the Mediterranean; you will feel vibes of what life was like during Roman era. Prior to the silting up of the port it served as a planned coastal doorway to the Eastern World, which later expanded to be the second largest city in the Roman Empire, the location of a Christian monument, and one of the seven wonders of the antique world. More spectacles include 25000-seated arena, the marble-paved Arcadian Way, Library of Celsius, the Agora, various temples, water fountains and houses.