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Patara Ruins

Patara, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Patara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Owner description: Much of the city of Patara remains buried in sand, which has helped to preserve many of the ruins. Of particular interest are the Amphitheatre, Necropolis and the monumental gate or Arch of Triumph.
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Serre-Chevalier, France
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Interesting seeing something that is around the same era as some Egyptian sites. Very large amphitheatre - shame it is in complete ruin. However a local also informed us that they dislike what has been done to update the government building next door. Locals think it is ruined as no longer a ruin.... But it does give a fabulous idea... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The site was really extensive, with some reconstructions and recent excavations. Large noticeboards in Turkish and English helped explain the ruins and bring it all to life. It takes many hours to visit it all, from the necropolis to the theatre and the baths to the lighthouse, without much shade, so wear sturdy trainers and a sunhat. The little shop... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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80 reviews 80 reviews
29 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This area is huge and we must go again to truly understand the scale. The most useful thing for us would be a decent plan map. Walk through the Main Street / Agora down to the baths and then around to the granaries and further down the side of what would have been the port to the outer lighthouse. What... More

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Kent, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Visited the parliament building (the world's first)and amphitheater both just before you get to the beach. They are both in fantastic condition with work continuing. Loved being able to stand in the parliament and sit where once others had done the same thousands of years ago and imagined what that would have been like.

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California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Walked through all the ruins on the way to Patara Beach came back at twilight to sit in the amphitheater and imagine the civilization that once lived there. There were lots of goats roaming everywhere. Patara was Lycia's major port.

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bristol
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

patara is a little gem nr a fantastic beach, (but please dont tell too many people).. only quiet nature- & archeology-lovers should go..

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Ottawa, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
27 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

More like a village than a town, it is not the spot for night clubbing. It is also off the main highway and remote from other towns if you do not have a car. So is it a must-see? That would be a resounding yes. But Patara is more than just seeing the Arch of Modestus, the Main Avenue, and... More

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Nothumberland, England
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104 reviews 104 reviews
23 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The remains of the Lycian city if Patara cover a vast area just behind the famous beach. The ruins range from the well-preserved amphitheatre to mere piles of stones as well as the impressive reconstruction of the assembly building of the ancient Lycian League. Information boards are in Turkish and English so no problems there. At a mere 5TL (£1.40)... More

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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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191 reviews 191 reviews
62 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We hired a private trip for 8 of us to see Xanthos, Tlos, Yaka Park, Letoon, Patara and Patara beach. We split the £120 price between us . What a fantastic day well worth it . We booked it through Yavuz at TINY AKROPOL. Try this out wonderful views and that was just the countryside. All of these sites are... More

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Fethiye, Turkey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

An interesting site. A lot of work has been done to open the site for visitors. Coupled with time on the beach this makes a worthwhile visit.

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