Kanlıdivane, Turkey Guide

The extensive ruins of the Roman-Byzantine city now called Kanlıdivane are scattered across a lofty hillside 4.5 km (2.8 miles) north of Kızkalesi.

Roman soldier stone relief, Kanlidivane, Turkey
High relief of a Roman soldierin the chasm wall…

As you arrive at the ruins, you are struck by the yawning chasm at the center of the city, a huge limestone sinkhole surrounded by the ruins of ancient buildings.

Deep in the chasm, carved into the living rock of its walls, are high reliefs of a Roman soldier and a group of people.

Farther up the hillside is an extensive necropolis with some tombs in good condition, but all tombs broken and robbed centuries ago.

Cool drinks, snacks and souvenirs are sold in small shady shops by the parking lot.

A small admission fee is charged to the ruins.

—by Tom Brosnahan


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