Lycian Way History & Historic Sites
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Lycian Way History Fethiye;
Fethiye is a city on the south west coast of Turkey in Mugla Province. It has a population of over 200, 000 people. The current name ‘Fethiye’ comes from ‘Yusbasi Fethi Bey’ one of the first pilots of the Ottoman Airforce. It was named in 1934, before which it was named Makri
In ancient times it was known as Telmessos, the largest city in Lycia. Telmessos was a member of the Delian League in the 5th century BC. It was captured by Alexander the Great in 334 BC.
The most famous ancient site in Fethiye is ‘The Tomb of Amyntas’ or Kings Tomb located on the mountainside behind the harbour and Fethiye Castle. This impressive Lycian monument was built in 350 B.C. and was named after the Greek inscription on the side of it “Amyntou
There are Lycian Tombs spread around the city as there are in much of the region. They are built from local limestone. The carved stonework imitates the construction of wooden buildings
Located in the centre of Fethiye is the local Museum. Detailing lots of
Lycian Way history, it is well worth a visit. There
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