The ancient kingdom of Lycia, on Turkey’s Mediterranean shore, holds a wealth of wondrous archaeological sites: Telmessos (Fethiye), Olimpos, Phaselis, Myra, Antiphellos (Kas), Teimiussa, Patara, Xanthos and dozens more.
Bounded by Fethiye to the west, Antalya to the east and Korkuteli to the north, the “bulge” of the Lycian peninsula (map) is also one of Turkey’s most strikingly beautiful regions, with snow-capped mountains, serpentine shorelines hiding secluded beaches, and nearly a hundred ancient cities, towns and other archaeological sites.
Prof. Dr. Cevdet Bayburtluoğlu has walked this land for more than 50 years, and has excavated Lycian sites for over 30 years. Few archaeologists have such an exhaustive and detailed knowledge of the region and its ancient treasures.
Prof. Dr. Bayburtluoglu’s guide covers 81 archaeological sites(listed below) in 300 pages, with site plans and hundreds of full-color photos.
The front cover folds out to become a detailed three-panel map of the region, with highways, side roads, towns, villages, archaeological sites, and kilometer distances:
The text provides detailed driving and walking directions for finding the sites, many site plans, and lots of photos illustrating the most interesting architectural and archaeological features.
Archaeological sites covered in Lycia:
Aperlai (Sıcak Port)
Apollonia (near Kılınçlıköy)
Kekova (Dolikhiste-Tersane Island)
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Letoon (Bohsullu-Bozoluk- Kumluova)
Olimpos (Yanartaş – Çıralı)
Phaselis (near Tekirova)
Phellos (Felen Plateau-Çukurbağ)
Pydnai – Kydnai
Sidyma (Dodurga Asarı)
Tlos (Duver-Asar Kale-Kale Asar)
Trebenna (near Geyikbayırı)
Tymbriada (Gilevgi Castle-Çobanisa)
The pocket-sized (4-3/4 x 8-1/2 inches, 12 x 21.5 cm) book is printed on high-quality coated stock, and includes an eight-page Glossary of archaeological terms at the back.
Lycia, by Prof. Dr. Cevdet Bayburtluoglu (ISBN 9757078204, 300 pages), is the first volume in a series of archaeological travel guides to be published by the Suna & İnan Kıraç Research Institute on Mediterranean Civilizations. in Kaleiçi, Antalya.
You may also be interested in The Road to Ruins: Lycian Turkey, Fethiye to Kaş, by Tricia Emptage. More…
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