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“Xanthos Necropolis”

Xanthos - Lycian Antique City
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Owner description: Xanthos was the capital city of the Lycian Federation and its greatest city for most of Lycian history.
Reviewed December 4, 2012

I took the local bus from KAS and spent the afternoon exploring this awesome site and enjoying a wonderful lunch at a cafe close to the bus station in the adjacent village. The food was excellent and the two children - especially the 5 yr. old boy who acted as the restaurant's official greeter were delightful. Language was not an issue and there was an ATM directly across the street.

The bus leaves you at the foot of the hill and you must hike up to the site. DO wear a hat and take water. You come immediately to the ruins of the theater. You can see from the pictures that this site is a ruin, but still very interesting - especially when you head East from the ticket house to the necropolis - where you are free to wander. The people of Xanthos twice committed mass suicide and this may account for the state of the necropolis. I spent the bulk of my time in this area. I would recommend closed shoes, a good camera and respect for the ruins. Remember that grave sites were marked with inscriptions to plague intruders. Not that they appear to have worked against raiders, but then there is nothing left for you to carry off - except pictures - and there are some interesting possibilities. Active restoration crews are everywhere. Once over in the area of the 'Dancer' check out the Church ruins.

FYI I am an senior with mobility issues. I use a walking stick and found it easy to navigate this site.

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Reviewed November 21, 2012

A beautiful Unesco world heritage site. As the former Lycian capital, it is a must see for history buffs. It is an easy to find and get to from Kalkan on generally good roads

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Reviewed October 27, 2012

you have to find the guard with the big mustache who knows inside out about the ruins. he told us about how the lycians had to burn their famlies and killed themselves jumping from the walls of the city not to surrender to romans.

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

I don't get why you have to pay to visit this place since it is basically a field scattered with antique artifacts. One temple is half-rebuilt and the theater is not completely unearthed. Only a few panels to read and just a few computer generated images to figure out how things were. French scholars left the place now managed by the University of Ankara said the guy at the door.

Thank hholbein
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

When you visit these ruins, you can imagine the significance of its location. To walk where such important past rulers have is a delight you do not get in many countries, to touch and feel such wonderful constructions and really be part of the scene may require a bit of imagination but not a lot, worth a visit.

Thank JOHNROBERTS57
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