The ruins at Patara are well worth a visit, even if your primary objective is the incredible beach nearby. Even for eyes that might be a bit jaded by one too many visits to ancient sites in this area of Turkey, this site makes an indelible impression, mainly due to the two amphitheatres that were built within a stone's throw of each other. The larger of the two is a splendid example of these mysterious, abandoned structures that punctuate the whole of the Turkish coastline. The evocative decay of this theatre, which witnessed spectacles we can now only imagine, is juxtaposed with the smaller amphitheatre's clean-cut splendour, having undergone a sympathetically realised restoration job. It's not difficult to feel transported back in time sitting here.
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