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Xanthos Antik Kenti, Kalkan

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World heritage site · Ruin · Tourist Spot
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Explore the tombs, temple ruins, and amphitheater of Xanthos Antik Kenti, the former capital city of the Lycian Federation. Dating back to the 8th century BCE, this antique city is known for its violent history. Over time the city recovered and now you can tour its historic streets, temples, and ruins. The city is easily accessible via car, and you'll find restrooms and drinks available near the archeological digs and preserved sites. To learn more about the history behind the ruins, hire one of the English-speaking tour guides that offer their services throughout the area. History tells that around 540 BCE, the people of the city chose to commit mass suicide instead of surrendering to invading Persian forces. The men of the town set fire to the women, children, slaves, and prized possessions at the acropolis before fighting a doomed battle against the Persians. Eventually the town was repopulated, but history repeated itself 500 years later, when in 42 BCE, during the Roman Civil Wars, Brutus attacked the city after the townspeople refused to comply with his demands for soldiers. Using our custom trip planner, Kalkan attractions like Xanthos Antik Kenti can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A really interesting place. Having visited many ancient sites it was strange to be able to walk all over it! The amphitheatre give an impression of the size of the original site. We saw some... 
    A really interesting place. Having visited many ancient sites it was strange to be able to walk all over it! The amphitheatre give an impression of the size of the original site. We saw some...  more »
  • visited as an add on to a small group tour.Not very touristy.A simple site of ruins of the major city of the Lycean League. It fits into a niche in the history of this area and as such,is an... 
    visited as an add on to a small group tour.Not very touristy.A simple site of ruins of the major city of the Lycean League. It fits into a niche in the history of this area and as such,is an...  more »
  • Very hot and dog excrement in a few places . Much of a much ness compared to other sites of this genre 
    Very hot and dog excrement in a few places . Much of a much ness compared to other sites of this genre  more »
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  • One of my favorite site so far. It has a very nice vibe. I don't know, maybe because the necropolis looks like Shire of hobbits to me. Go there early in the morning or like evening because area is large and there is pretty much nothing to cover from direct sun. Do not be mistaken tho, on the left side there is a theater and on the right side there is necropolis and many other sites. You need to walk like 10 to 15 mins to reach necropolis. Definitely worth to see !
  • This is a great site. You can actually touch all the buildings. It is not totally excavated yet but you can really feel the air of a place with a lot of meaning. It is extended so be prepared to walk for a while.
  • Lovely site! Don't just do the amphitheater and the surrounding ruins - if you cross the road there's a lovely walk you can do following the white stones, showing you some more tombs and a lovely aerial view of the amphitheater
  • Parking & ticket office at 36.35705, 29.31916 UNESCO site along with Letoon since 1988. Organised, easy to navigate, unrestrictive place. Even the dogs at this site were friendly.
  • If you love UNESCO sites, then this one is for you. It’s right off a main roadway and is a very large area. Most of the area is in a ruin state, minus some of the tombs and gladiator arena. There are very few signs detailing what each place is, but additional information can be found online. Be prepared to walk a lot on uneven ground. There are a lot of the ruins right off the road but all the tombs you’ll need to hike to see, which includes climbing up steep hills and over boulders, certainly not meant for people who may have challenges with such things. However, it’s worth the hike to see the tombs carved out of the rocks.

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