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Arycanda, Demre (Kale)

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.9/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
Arykanda or Arycanda is an Ancient Lycian city, former bishopric and present Catholic titular see in Antalya Province in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey. Arykanda was built upon five large terraces ascending a mountain slope, located near the small village of Aykiriçay, presently on the Elmalı-Finike road.HistoryArycanda is known to be one of the old Lycian cities, as its name ends with -anda, indicative of its Anatolian origin; dating back as far as the 2nd millennium BC. On the other hand, the oldest remains and finds from the city date from the 6th or 5th century BCE. The site is being excavated and restored by an Ankara University team headed by Prof. Dr. Cevdet Bayburtluoglu since 1971.Gods and goddesses known to have been worshipped here are: (mostly Greek) AphroditeApolloAresArtemisAsklepiosAthenaHeliosHeraHeraclesHermesHygeiaKakasbos (an Anatolian horseman-deity)Mithras (Persian)NemesisSomendeus (a mountain god)Tyche Arycanda survived through Byzantine times, until the 6th century when the settlement moved to a new site south of the modern road, which is called Arif (or Aruf) Settlement in archaeological literature so that it will not mix up with the older site.
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  • One of the finest Lycian sites. Well worth getting there. Not just the remains, which are great in themselves, but also a beautiful location. And you may find you have the site to yourself. 
  • It's a beautiful ancient city. If you follow the way Hill has an excellent manzarayada. I couldn't find much in spite of me call the watchtower. After a certain point there's no way to go out, in a way you have to climb.
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  • An interesting drive up but well worth it - not much shade on a hot day as you wander round but amazing ruins and amphitheatre which as you first wander round cannot even be seen so amazing once you s...  read more »