Milas – Muğla – Turkey

Ören Lighthouse
Fl 3s 6m 8M


Ören lies on the east of Point Ören. Light tower, is identified from the distance. Care is needed for the shallow area between Points Ören and Kerme. Boats should keep well offshore. This bay is an open bay and it does not provide sheltering. Breeze sends swell in. You can anchor by the beach side in the depths of 15 – 20 meters in calm weather.

The town is nested with the ruins of anchient Keramos. The town center looks like open air museum. Keramos was the first town, won victory in Roman Olympics. Ören is the cradle of ceramics and potteries.

Accommodation : Pensions, Hotels, Motels, Apart Hotels, Rent Houses
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries, Fish Restaurants
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet, Wi-Fi
Health : Health Centers, Pharmacies, Doctors, Nurses, Dentists
Beach : The crescent-shaped beach, dotted with gaily painted straw umbrellas, hums with activity
Public Market : Wednesdays
Bank : Banks, ATM
Hair dresser
Entertainment : Discotheques, Bars, Night Clubs
Shopping : Supermarkets, Shops, Stores, Markets
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops (Milas, Bodrum)
Technical Equipment Shops (Milas, Bodrum)
Special Shopping : Lemon, Orange, Carpet

A slipway is located between Ören-Çökertme.

The ancient name of the town is Ceramus. Takes its name from the founder of the ceramics art and mythology, Ceramus is the son of Dionysos and Ariadne. The current Ören town is built on the ruins of Ancient town of Ceramus. Remarkable ruins of the ancient city are located in the residential districts. Scientific researches and archaeological excavations on the history of Ceramus continue.The new evidences enlightens the interesting history of Ören.

Ceramus means ceramics in Greek. In time, this change changes to Gereme. (In the 17th century, Evliya Çelebi defines Gereme as “a prosperous, developed, village, full of vineyards and gardens.” The name of the town was once called as Kemerdere. Kemerdere name comes from the ancient water archways in Kocacay Valley. The current name of the town, Ören, means ruins.

From the Greek archaic sculptures, we understand that, Ceramus did not stay out of the Hellenism age in the archaic ages, Helenism age may be started 7-6 BC . In the Hellenistic age, made direct or indirect relationships with overseas countries, for example Egypt and made its name heard in the Asia state in Romus era. Ceramus city, in 5 BC was paying 1.5 talant tax to the Attika-Delos sea union as its member. Then, the city was connected to Khrysaor union and gained an active position due to their plenty of fields and villages.

In 188 BC, as a result of the Apamela truce, Kermaos was given to Rhodes with the whole Karya. In a scripture, it’s found that after this date Keramos made Sympoliteia agrrement with another city (probably Stretonikeia). But town was dissatisfied with this agreement and asked for Rhodes’s help. The person who asked for this help was honored in the mentioned scripture.

Between 167-133 BC, Keramos made a pact with Rhodes,and added to the Roman Asian State with whole Kayra in 129 BC. When the city took sides with Mithridiates at war between Romans and the Pontus King Mithridiates, after the Romans’ victory, the city was punished by being left to Stratonikeia. Historical artifacts and ruins prove the Roman domination as they belong to to Karya and Roman era. Coin making has started in 2 BC and lasted until the roman Empire era.

Ceramus was worshiping a young God which can be seen on the coins. Young god with a short skirt, hold a double axe and a shield. This local god was sometimes seen with the mighty god of the city Zeus Chrysaor.

The person named Polites who won all of the stadium, dialos and long distance runs on the same day was the most known Ceramusian beyond the borders of the city. According to Strabon, Ceramus is one of the small cities that are not not independent in 1 BC In the Byzantium era, it became an episcopalism center.

Traces of the ancient city, which takes its name from Keramos, son of the Dionysos and Ariadne of Greek mythology and originator of the art of pottery, can be found all over the town. The extant remains of the city, which was a member of the Carian Khrysaoris league, date for the most part to the Roman period. Known as Gereme after Anatolia passed into the hands of the Turks, in time it was transformed into Ören owing to the ancient ruins at the site.

Kurşunluyapı, a temple with Ionian and Corinthian columns, a monumental gate that forms the wall of a house today, a basilica and defense walls can be regarded as the city’s most significant ruins. Among the oleanders near the lignite mines on the road to Muğla are what remains of the aqueducts that once carried water to the city. Proof that the ancient ruins are part and parcel of life today is the location of the necropolis right inside the local cemetery.

Ören – Milas 39 km, Bodrum 60 km, Muğla 58 km
Minibus : Ören – Milas
Bus : Ören – Milas, Bodrum, Muğla
Airport : Milas-Bodrum International Airport

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Milas, Muğla Province, Turkey

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