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Patara Ruins, Patara

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
At the site of a prominent ancient city, Patara Ruins preserve the crumbling remains of a parliament building, cultural facilities, and public baths. Also known as the birthplace of St. Nicholas, this city is responsible for the legend of Santa Claus. The 7th-century Arab raids brought devastation and transformed the metropolis into a village that eventually became a naval base. As you walk among its remains, look for tombs, pillars, a well-preserved theater, and monuments, such as one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. The area is also known for sheltering a vast number of birds. Buses pass here throughout the day. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Patara Ruins and many more Patara attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Patara vacation trip planner.
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  • We went to the beach for the day and spent a couple of hours early wandering about these ruins. They are fabulous and are well worth leaving the beach for. Saying that we were out of season so it was ...  read more »
  • Wonderful ruins and very atmospheric. Well worth a visit for at least a few hours. Great for a cooler day. 
  • We have yet to go when it's a cool day. Even in October it was a hot walk around. But well worth it. Good to see the lighthouse and climb up the bit of the tower that is there. Will be back to see wha...  read more »
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