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You may find you have to beat to windward, but you will enjoy some breathtaking mountain scenery seen to the north part of the Kiran Dağ mountain range.
Ören is at the mouth of a river fed by the Kiran Dağ mountains and has an open bay, approximately 7 NM due west of Karaburun Akbük (headland), where in good weather you can anchor off and dinghy ashore to visit some ruins of ancient Ceramus and is just over a mile from the bay. The modern day name is Ören. Ceramus was an ancient Carian city, a member of the Chrysoaric League, but despite its substantial size virtually nothing of note happened there. Up until fairly recent times Ceramus was surrounded by it’s ancient defence walls, but most of these walls have now been demolished by locals to build houses and walls in the fields.
Some of the ruins, be they a little pathetic are of two temples which still remain. One of these is found outside the village on a hill called Bakıcak, where the discovery of a stone inscribed with the Labrys, a double-axe, has led to the identification of this edifice as the Temple of Zeus Chrysaoreus, the God of the Golden Sword.
In 1932 the local farmers found nearby the head of kouros, an Archaic statue of a god-like young man, the archetypal representation of Apollo. This is now in the Izmir museum. The youthful god appears together with the God of the Sword on coins of Ceramus, and is probably the survival of an earlier Carian deity whose cult was amalgamated with Zeus when Mausolus Hellenized his kingdom c. 360BC.
There are the remains of a second temple about 440 yards to the east of Ceramus at a place called Kurşunlu Yapı, “the Place with Lead”. The temple there was of the Corinthian order. Until recently the temple was, again, in good order and the archeologist George Bean found the walls to be decorated with plaques framed in wreath like borders and translated to read “With good fortune, I the pious priest Marcus Aurelius Chrysantas, zealously and open handedly performed my duties towards gods and other priests, together with my wife Aurelia Euphrosyne”.
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