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Kaş—Antiphellus in ancient times—has a few ruins, including a monumental sarcophagus under a massive plane tree, up the sloping street that rises behind the main square. The tomb has four regal lion's heads carved onto the lid. In 1842, a British naval officer counted more than 100 sarcophagi in Kaş; however, most have been destroyed over the years as locals nabbed the flat side pieces to use in new construction.

A few hundred yards west of the main square, along Hastane Caddesi, a small, well-preserved antique theater sits amid the olive trees; superb ocean views make it particularly lovely at sunset. Next to the district prefect's office, east of the harbor, is an old wooden barn of the type once universally used as granaries in Lycian villages—and still clearly modeled on old Lycian architectural forms. If you really want to immerse yourself in history, Kaş is also a good base for scuba excursions. A profusion of dive boats shows the growing demand for the area's rich underwater sights, though a lot of the water is Greek and off limits. For details on diving opportunities, contact Bougainville Travel (wwww.bougainville-turkey.com P242 836–3737).

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  • Address: Kaş
  • Location: Kaş
Updated: 11-21-2013

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