The Turquoise Coast Sights

Anemurium

  • At the end of Anamuryum Cad. Map It
  • Anamur
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Five kilometers (3 miles) before Anamur is the marked turnoff to ancient Anemurium. The extensive ruins here—mostly dating from the late Roman/early Byzantine period—are built mostly of durable Roman concrete, which makes them better preserved but less picturesque than the average stone ruins. Beside the entrance is a bath building, once part of a gymnasium. Beyond this is a small well preserved theater, or odeon, opposite which sit the scant remains of a large theater. A second Roman bath building is easily the best preserved in the country, with even its great vaulted roof standing. Beside the road there are also numerous tombs, some with frescoes and mosaics. Anemurium, whose ancient name refers to the winds that often blow through the site, has long inspired the curiosity of foreign visitors; English archaeologist Francis Beaufort excavated here in the 19th century. At the end of the road there's a pebbly beach, where you can take a dip when you've finished, but no showers or other facilities.

Sight Information

Address:

Anamurium Antik Kenti, At the end of Anamuryum Cad., Anamur, Mersin, 33660, Turkey

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Sight Details:

  • 5 TL
  • Apr.–Oct., daily 8–6:30; Nov.–Mar., daily 8–5

Published 07/06/2016

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