Xanthos - Lycian Antique City, Kalkan

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 380 reviews on the web
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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  • We went there by taxi from Kalkan on a quiet afternoon (the taxi driver happy to doze in the car until we were ready to return!). There was no sign of one of the recommended unofficial guides until we...  read more »
  • We stopped of at Xanthos on the way to another destination and it was well worth the visit. Set high in the hills and with just our small party there you got a real feel for the place and you could ge...  read more »
  • Extremely interesting but hard to find. There was a cafe' at the reception hut but it was closed. Parking was easy when we eventually found it. 
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