Kusadasi is Turkey’s leading sea port gate today with transferred deep-rooted tradition from antiquity. In many sources, it is the favorite of the historian Herodotus and the resting place of the mythological god Zeus. The first stop in our district which is “destined to tourism” may be your first stop in the district of Okuz Mehmet Pasa Caravanserai which has hosted numerous names from Queen Elizabeth II of England to Jimmy Carter, the 1970s music star Peppino di Capri and Pope Jean Paul II. Just like most photographers who come to Kusadasi… After seeing the caravanserai you can visit the Camiatik Neighborhood which is decorated with Old Kusadasi houses.
Kuşadası was protected by strong walls which became a prosperous city with maritime trade in history. The Castle Gate, one of the symbols of our district today, is one of the most important parts of the city walls… After seeing this interesting gate built in the 17th century we recommend you to enjoy the unique scenery against Samos Island in Kadikalesi which turned into an important faith center during the Byzantine period, through the Dilek Peninsula where steep canyons split mountains to form unique bays.
Remember, Ara Guler came to Aydin 60 years ago as a photojournalist on a sunny and bright day by winter.
In his book of travels, he recounted the following words:
“The dark yellow sun sprinkled a golden spell over the city. The sky was dark blue, but the beams of yellow light were bright and shiny. ”
Today, in the footsteps of the master photographer, it is as if he carries the memory of the country to the present…