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Arykanda, Demre (Kale)

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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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  • It is a small road that will take you to these stunning ruins. The site doesn't get crowded with buses of tourists and so it is very peaceful and you can enjoy this wonderful site (we were out the two...  more »
  • There are incredible sarcophagi A place where you can feel yourself as an importer from the past at a very high level. One of the top terraces of Arykanda has a single-sided seating area, a stadium wi...  more »
  • Arycanda is one of the oldest Lycian cities dating back to the 5th century BC. The site was built on large terraces set into a steep hillside and mountain slopes. These ruins do not seem as popular as...  more »
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  • Roman remains nestled into the hill side below imposing cliffs. Some restoration but generally wild and builiful.
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  • unique Atmosphäre.In 1989 occurred Dörte Ippich to this theater.
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  • Even at 2:00 in the morning the villagers by fruit and vegetables being sold. There's a small waterfall is a good place to relax.
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  • A city of history slope stored.
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