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Address: Patara, Turkey
Description: Much of the city of Patara remains buried in sand, which has helped to...
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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Stunning site recreated

Brilliant recreation of original site. Gives an awesome impression of what was here 2000 years ago. Well worth a visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Sherfield On Loddon, United Kingdom
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Sherfield On Loddon, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Brilliant recreation of original site. Gives an awesome impression of what was here 2000 years ago. Well worth a visit.

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Israel
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

More excavation and research should be done. Patara must have been a great city and the ruins today don't tell the whole story of its past and glory.

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Scottish Borders
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119 reviews 119 reviews
49 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Like many other ruins in Turkey you have much better access to these than in say Italy. We spent about an hour wandering about savouring the atmosphere and admiring some of the reconstruction. Also great about these and others (such as Xanthos) there seems to be plenty of room and crowds do not seems to be a problem, so you... More 

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North Holland, Amsterdam
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Wow, what an amazing city this must have been. So cool to go in the winter with the site empty and you really can appreciate the details and work of arts. Stunning! Check out the Eucalyptus Pension to stay - very warm welcome and good experience.

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Rowardennan, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

These ruins are definitely worth the extra effort to visit. Not far from either of the main centres in Fethiye or Kaş, you can easily reach Patara on a day trip. Being here in the off season meant we had the site to ourselves, except for our canine escorts who wandered everywhere with us. The ruins are spread over a... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

well I come to Patara from Kas by my self as I'm solo traveler and I avoid the tours companies. there are no direct buses to Patara though, (you have to get off in the cross road to Gelemis village) witch is 3 Km from the main road, the town is small and people are really friendly,lots of accommodations you... More 

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Antalya, Turkey
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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It was an important big time city. NY of its time. But ruins too much spread out. Take 2-3 hours. as you arrive go south to beach. walk west on beach keeping the watchtower in sight. as you reach the tower, then path takes you around. place looks very deserted but dont be scared. it is safe. all the remainings... More 

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Limassol
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

A relatively small site but plenty to keep your interest for two or three hours. Some of the monuments have been restored but some are in ruins as found. Worth carrying on to the beautiful beach which is another kilometre or so away.

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Serre-Chevalier, France
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72 reviews 72 reviews
27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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