The Turquoise Coast Sights

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The ancient city of Patara, now being excavated by Antalya's Akdeniz University, is slowly emerging from the sands. The heavy stones that make up the front of the monumental bathhouse are impressive, and a triple arch built by a Roman governor in AD 100 seems a tenth of its age. Beyond are two theaters, several churches, and an impressive section of a colonnaded street. Follow the path west and you'll see the recently discovered Roman lighthouse. Still waiting to be found is the Temple of Apollo: Herodotus wrote that its oracle worked only part-time, as Apollo spent summers away in Delos (probably to escape the heat!).

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  • Address: Patara
  • Cost: 5 TL
  • Location: Patara
Updated: 11-21-2013

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