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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
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,... more » 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. « less
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

drove to patara from kas, stopping at "kapatas beach" and the cleft opposite it to take a pic. drove through kalkan and saw the massive building of villas up the mountainside. saw 100's of greenhouses along the way. we drove past the tiny village of patara, pop. 500-1000, where we were staying, and came upon the kiosk outside the ruins.... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Twenty years ago, virtually all the ruins of Patara - and it's a large site - were hidden under tons of sand. Now, there is an amazing amount to see as well as visiting the excavations still in progress. Go and look for the sign pointing to the brothel - always worth a photograph. Climb the ancient amphitheatre or try... More

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Every year, something new to see. This is going to be one of the major attractions in the area. It is so fantastic to see the evidence of what used to be a bustling Byzantine port. Given that only a small percentage if the ruins have been unearthed, it already gives Tlos a run for its money!

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

These are the best historical site outside of Ephesus, so much to see, ample parking, everything signposted and documented. So much renovation has been completed you feel like you have stepped back in time. Admission includes the fantastic sandy beach at Patara so somewhere to cool off after you have walked around the ruins. Lots of boardwalks so ample access... More

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New Lambton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The ruins of Patara, spread out over an extensive area, are worth a full day to explore. Compared to the tourist circus of Ephesus, the ruins, when we were there, were only visited by a few small tour groups, but are just as fascinating as any of the many other ancient sites we visited in our 6 weeks in Turkey.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We were visiting the (gorgeous) beach anyway so I took my teenage kids to see the ruins. We were absolutely blown away by the reconstruction of the assembly chamber - supposedly the oldest parliament building in the world. It's spectacular and if you are lucky you will have it completely to yourselves. It's like being alone on the Acropolis -... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The ancient ruins at Patara are a wonderful experience. Some of the ruins are sensitively, partially restored and there is good information about the site. We went late afternoon in May as the day was cooling down a little and were free to wander over the site and imagine how it might have looked. There is a lot to take... More

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Ankara, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

A geourgeus antic city which is a must see. The ruins are still in good condition and some of them are under construction. Don't forget to see the lighthouse.

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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We spent a few hours wandering around the ruins at Patara. They are a 30 min easy drive over the hill from Kalkan. They have reconstructed one of the amphitheatres and there is an exhibition in there about how they did it, very enjoyable. When you walk around these ruins and then see them from the top of the amphitheatre... More

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Motherwell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We've been twice now and just find it amazing. Each time we've visited something new to explore. If your getting the Dolmus from Kalkan and reasonably fit, get off at the entrance and explore the ruins before finishing at the beach. If it's too hot or you don't fancy the walk, enjoy the views from the Dolmus and get off... More

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