Xanthos - Lycian Antique City, Kalkan

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Explore the tombs, temple ruins, and amphitheater of Xanthos - Lycian Antique City, 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 - Lycian Antique City can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 18, 2017
    It's a beautiful venue and most of time has managed to challenge historical Museum card and bank credit card you can visit for free with a friend in the box office because we received information guide helped a lot also after reading the writings on writings but 1 Guide and it would be good to explain the zone to those who came in groups still say a must-see place jump
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  • August 18, 2017
    beautiful archaeological site with the graves dug on the rocks very impressive around the site an hour
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  • August 14, 2017
    Make sure you read up about Xanthos before going - it has so much history which is really exciting - through the generations, it has hosted different regimes which include a few times when the whole t...  more »

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