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Milas (District Municipality, Turkey)

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[Municipality flag]

Flag of Milas - Image by Jens Pattke, 3 March 2013

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Presentation of Milas

The municipality of Milas (128,006 inhabitants in 2012, 55,348 in the town proper; 21,103 ha) is located 20 km from the Bodrum Airport.

Ivan Sache, 6 March 2016

Flag of Milas

The flag of Milas (photo) is white with the municipality's emblem. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
The emblem of the municipality features the Gümüşkesen monument. Quoting the Akyaka and Gökova website:

The monument has a rectangular grave chamber with a wall of broad-and-narrow masonry, containing four pillars supporting the floor of the upper story. The upper story is supported by an open colonnade, with a square pilaster at each corner and two partially fluted oval columns on each of the four sides. The monument is erected on a crepis with two steps. The roof is formed of five layers of blocks, with each block placed diagonally across the angles of the one below, to form a shallow pyramid. There is a hole on the floor of the upper story, presumably to pour wine down to the deceased lying below.

A two-storied Roman tomb dating back to the second century, the Gümüşkesen (“Silver-Cutting”) is believed by some to have been modeled on the much more famous Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, now little more than a hole in the ground.
If that is indeed the case, it would probably have to do with a slice of Milas' most distant history. As the Carian city of Mylasa, it was the original seat of the Hecatomnid family, who ruled the area on behalf of the Persians and carried on the practice of marrying their own brothers and sisters. The most famous king to arise from the dynasty was Mausolus, who made the decision to relocate Mylasa west to Halicarnassus (now Bodrum). On his death his sister-wife had the enormous tomb built in his honor. It stood almost 43 meters high and could be seen from far out to sea. The Gümüşkesen has none of that grandeur; indeed, it's really rather a small monument. Still, it does stand as a reminder of a time when Milas was not as much of a backwater as it has become since Bodrum rose up to steal its limelight.
[Today's Zeman, 13 October 2013]

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 6 March 2016

District government


Flag of the district government - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 13 October 2017

The flag of the Milas district government (photo) is white with the government's emblem. "T.C." stands for "Türkiye Cumhuriyeti", "Republic of Turkey"; "Kaymakamlığı" means "District government".

Tomislav Šipek, 13 October 2017

Former municipalities


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Flag of Bafa - Image by Jens Pattke, 25 May 2015

The flag of Bafa (photo) was white with the municipality's emblem. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".

Tomislav Šipek, 28 May 2013


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Flag of Güllük - Image by Jens Pattke, 30 May 2015

The former municipality of Güllük (4,116 inhabitants in 2008) is located 40 km of Bodrum.

The flag of Güllük (photo) was white with the municipality's emblem. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
The emblem of the former municipality features Dolphin Boy, a boy riding a dolphin.

Quoting Turkey from the Inside:

As the story goes, the boy was Hermeias whose mother had tried to stop him going swimming with his friends, only to give in eventually and then see him lost at sea. Later there were rumours that a boy had been seen riding a dolphin. Finally, both Hermeias and the dolphin were found dead on the beach. The dolphin had accidentally cut his new friend with a flipper, causing him to bleed to death, whereupon the animal had opted to die alongside him.

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 25 March 2016


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Flag of Ören - Image by Jens Pattke, 5 June 2015

The former municipality of Ören (3,000 inhabitants in 2012) is located 40 km of Milas and 60 km of Bodrum and Muğla.

The flag of Ören was white with the municipality's emblem. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
The emblem of the former municipality features a piece of pottery representing the ancient town of Keramos.

Little is known on the town of Keramos, which, however, was a significant settlement mentioned by Strabo (XIV, 2, 25), a source confirmed by epigraphic remains. The town started to mint its own bronze coins in 420-400 BC. Surface remains located in Ören indicate that the town thrived until the upper Byzantine period (8th period).
[M. Spanu. Keramos di Caria : storia e monumenti (Studia Archaeologica). 1997]

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 25 March 2016