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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Xanthos - Lycian Antique City and many more Kalkan attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Kalkan itinerary builder.
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  • Great ruins to wander around and climb further up the hill to explore the more remote buildings. We've been a few times and it's never very busy and is always peaceful. Also some great eating options ...  more »
  • The magnificent nature, the ancient city of Lycia for full of mystery. This beautiful holiday where nature and history of Lycian path route you would be very happy. I can go to the same place over and over again. Sea es need to remember. So I didn't see a clear sea anywhere else. Water less salty and your eyes burn. You can open your eyes easily in the bottom of the sea and swim with the fish. Lycian is waiting for you ...
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  • For the lovers of archaeology Xanthos will be interesting. Especially considering that reach from the bus station is very simple. These ruins are the object of UNESCO and, as I understand, are free to visit.
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