Myra Cave Tombs, Turkey

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High-Rise Apartment Tombs

When you see the river delta at Demre (Myra) on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast between Kaş and Olimpos, you’ll understand: the soil is rich and valuable.

Why waste it on burying the dead when it can grow so much?

Instead, wealthy Lycians had stonemasons carve tombs for them from the hard limestone wall of mountains inland from the rich delta.

Long since opened and pillaged, the tombs stand as a reminder of the value of the land.

 

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