Patara Ancient City

Patara Ancient City

Isn’t the question of which civilization the ancient city of Patara belongs to? In order to find an answer to this question, we suggest you organize a pleasant visit to the ancient city. Patara Ancient City, located in the Gelemis Village between Fethiye and Kalkan, is one of the very special and historical areas where everyone is fascinated. Patara, one of the most important and oldest cities of Lycia, also has a beach. We can say that this is an important region in every sense, since the caretta carettas lay their eggs on this beach for a long time. Very important excavations have been carried out in the ancient city of Patara since 1988. This contributes to understanding the historical texture of the region.

The ancient city of Patara, which has managed to preserve its existence from the ancient period to the present, is thought to be named Patar in the Hittite sources. In the ancient city of Patara, which came under the rule of different civilizations over time, there are historical structures from civilizations such as the Seleucid Kingdom and Rome. It is obvious that Patara was an important city in many respects at that time. The fact that it is a region where the grains transported from Anatolia to Rome are stored and stored reveals that Patara is also remarkable in terms of commercial activities. The city continued to exist as an important place for the Byzantines. Saint Nicholaos, known as “Santa Claus”, is also from Patara. For this reason, it should be noted that the region is an important center for Christians.

When entering the ancient city of Patara, which has a magnificent and interesting history, you have to pass through a very large gate. This gate was made from the Roman Triumphal Arch. It has a very majestic and magnificent design. When you enter through the gate, you will notice that there is a cemetery on the hill to the west. This area, where Lycian sarcophagi are found, is located on the slopes of the hill. You will see the ancient theater on the slopes of Kurşunlu Tepe, which is located within the city limits. When you look at the city from Kurşunlu Tepe, you will see a magnificent view and a unique theater area. When you slowly walk through the streets of the city, you will start a pleasant journey into the past. Corinthian Temple, harbour, granary, Vespasian Bath; It is one of the very special areas you will see in the city. Granary, It was built by Emperor Hadrian and his wife Sabina. It has been in existence since the 2nd century AD. Isn’t it fascinating?

Let’s continue our journey in the city. To the north of the ancient theater is the Parliament Building. This is a building that hosts meetings. If you want to visit the ancient city, you can visit the city between 08:00 and 20:00 every day of the week. Doesn’t it excite you to enter the city from the Roman Triumphal Arch?

If you are wondering how to go to Patara Ancient City, it is possible to choose from different alternatives. You can reach this unique ancient city by using the Patara minibuses departing from Kas and Kalkan. We recommend you to see Patara Beach while you are there.  

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