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Patara Ruins

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Address: Patara, Turkey
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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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Legendary temple of Apollo... nowhere to be found

Patara was celebrated for its temple and oracle of Apollo, of which little remains. The highlight of these Lycian ruins is the 5000 seat amphitheater, it's still is very good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Oakley514
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Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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42 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Patara was celebrated for its temple and oracle of Apollo, of which little remains. The highlight of these Lycian ruins is the 5000 seat amphitheater, it's still is very good condition and you can climb to the top. It doesn't take too long to visit the site and it's a nice visit if you're in the area.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Patara, Letoon and Xanthos can be combined for a days trip. Highly recommend renting a car and setting your own pace. Patara is expansive so you can see a little or a lot. In 2015 the entrance fee is 5 TL

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Thank jakesbackdoor
Hong Kong, China
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

If you happen to be in Patara and want a break from the beach, then the ruins is a nice way to fill up your day. Indeed, you have to drive through it to get to the beach anyway. We spent about 1 hour here but I would not say I was particularly overwhelmed. The building blocks are still undergoing... More 

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Thank salamisister
calgary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

work is on going for restoration. much to see but it felt a little antiseptic. one wanted to better understand the function of this important port

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Thank kcreek
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We were just in Ephesus and loved it but these ruins seem more real and intimate....I think mainly because they get no hype and there was almost no one there. We walked around by ourselves, read the well written signs that included English....and just felt very relaxed here.

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Thank ejkb
Antalya Province, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Been here a number of times and over the years more and more of the site has been excavated. If you're interested in ancient history this place should be on your to do list. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Macosan48
Newquay, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This is another of Turkeys little treasures, we came after visiting the beach so quite late, got some nice reflective shots along with the usual family ones. This is relatively small site, just right after trip to beach with teen!

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Thank Tracey P
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

you can spend hours walking around the ruins so much history to be seen and touched plenty of photo opportunities

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Waterford, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Given that my guidebook said this was the number one thing to see in the area I decided to pop along and I was not disappointed! The ruins are definitely the most impressive I saw on my trip around the region and it contains the world's oldest parliament - that' s impressive!

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

We went on the way to the beach but it was pretty hot, late am in late Sept. Once we were on the beach some light cloud came over, of course. Ideally you should visit earlier or near sunset. The ruins have been extensively restored since we last saw them, over 20 years before. The amphitheatre is pretty well restored... More 

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