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Alinda/Alexandria ad Latmum /Ancient Carian City 

Alinda (Ἄλινδα) was an inland city and bishopric in ancient Caria, in Asia Minor. Modern scholars identify Alinda with the Hellenistic foundation of Alexandria ad Latmum (Ἀλεξάνδρεια πρὸς τῷ Λάτμῳ) noted by Stephanus of Byzantium.
It is situated near Demircideresi, on a hilltop which commands the modern-day town of Karpuzlu, Aydın Province, in western Turkey, and overlooks a fertile plain.

The ruins are non-restored but very well preserved.

In 2018, four kilometers of the ancient stone road, which connects the ancient cities of Alinda and Latmus, were destroyed by villagers to make way for their olive groves

Category:         Ancient City

Civilisation:      Caria


Outdoor Tracking Route

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Alinda has possibly been an important city since the second millennium BC and has been associated with Ialanti that appear in Hittite sources. It was a member of the Delian League.

It was this fortress which was held by the exiled Carian Queen Ada. She greeted Alexander the Great here in 334 BC. When Alexander captured Caria, he granted Ada to be the ruler of the whole region.

The city was apparently renamed "Alexandria by the Latmos" shortly afterwards, and was recorded as thus by Stephanus of Byzantium, although sources disagree as to the exact location of the settlement of that name. The prior name of Alinda was restored by 81 BC at the latest. It appears as "Alinda" in Ptolemy's Geographia (Book V, ch. 2) of the 2nd century AD.


     Carian Princess Ada      


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Alinda remained an important commercial city, minting its own coins from the third century BC to the 3rd century AD.  Stephanus records that the city had a temple of Apollo containing a statue of Aphrodite by Praxiteles.

Alinda has a necropolis of Carian tombs and has been partially excavated. Alinda also had a major water system including a Roman aqueduct, a nearly-intact market place, a 5,000-seat Roman amphitheater in relatively good condition, and remains of numerous temples and sarcophagi.


                Alinda Necropolis             

Alinda appears on Byzantine lists of bishoprics. It was a suffragan of the Metropolitan of Stauropolis, the capital of the Roman province of Caria, but was to fade.
It was nominally restored as a Latin titular see of the Roman Catholic Church but has been vacant since the death of the last bishop in 1976, having had the  incumbents, all of the lowest (episcopal) rank




                 Alinda Aquaduct          


                 Alinda Coinage          




3-A Group of Figurines From the Territorium of Alinda, Pınar Taşpınar Yamantürk, Murat Çekilmez

4-Alinda (Karpuzlu) Vecihi Özkaya.



7-Antik_Alinda_Kentindeki_Pazar_yapısı, Seyhan Doruk

8-Alinda Kenti Otonom Sikke DarplarıDinçer Savaş Lenger


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