The Turquoise Coast Sights

Lycian Rock Tombs (Amyntas Kaya Mezarları)

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Sometimes called the "king's graveyard" (its Turkish name translates to such), these impressive ancient Lycian rock tombs are carved into the cliff that looms above town. These can be admired from a distance, but if you’re keen to get a close look, follow the signs to Kaya Caddesi (literally "Rock Avenue") near the local bus station, and then climb the approximately 200 steps leading up to the rocks. Your effort will be well rewarded—particularly at dusk, when the cliffs take on a reddish glow. The largest and best-known is the Tomb of Amyntas, son of Hermepias (c. 350 BC), carved to resemble the facade of an Ionic temple, and presumably the burial place of a local ruler or nobleman. Inside are the slabs where corpses were laid out. If you like Lycian tombs, but aren't keen to make the climb here, keep your eyes peeled for the ancient sarcophogi scattered throughout Fethiye.

Sight Information

Address:

Follow the steps from Kaya Cad., Fethiye, Mugla, 48300, Turkey

Sight Details:

  • 5 TL
  • Daily 8:30 am–8:30 pm
  • Be prepared for lots of stairs!

Published 07/06/2016

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