Fethiye is a port and a market town located in the centre of Turquoise Coast, Turkey's southwestern corner. Severely damaged by earthquakes, it occupies the site of ancient Lycian city of Telmessos. Close to the quay is sprawling Hellenistic theatre as well as a number of Lycian rock tombs that cover the hillside above Fethiye's bazaar. A short walk takes tourists to the Amyntas Tomb featuring two Ionic columns. Behind the harbour, on the hillside, are the remains of the medieval fortress Knight's Castle.
The deserted late-medieval city of Kaya Koyu lies southwest of Fethiye. It was abandoned in 1923 when 6000 inhabitants were relocated to Greece in a population exchange following 1919-1922 Greco-Turkish war. The exceptional Panayia Pyrgiotissa basilica, two other churches and a thousand ruined houses remain. Further to northeast is a ruined mountain top city named Kadyanda, which is 2500 years old and has a necropolis, agora, theatre, stadium and Roman baths.
- From port Fethiye are offered excursions to Xanthos (aka Xanthus) - former name of the ancient city Lycia, which is where the current-day Kınık town is located, in the Turkey's Antalya Province. Xanthos is also named the river on which banks the town is situated. Xanthos ruins (an ancient acropolis) are located on the southern slopes of a hill in the Kınık's northern outskirts, on the Xanthos River's left bank. The river flows beneath the hill. A road encircles the hill and also runs through the Xanthos ruins. The The excavations at Xanthos have resulkted in many Lycian and Greek texts, including some bilingual that are useful in the Lycian language understanding. There is even a trilingual recording - on the Xanthian Obelisk monument - which includes also the Anatolian (aka Milyan) language.
Highlights: Ruined ancient hillside city
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