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Patara Ruins

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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2015
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North Holland, Amsterdam
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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35 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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17 helpful votes 17 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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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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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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75 helpful votes 75 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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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
7 helpful votes 7 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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