Lycian Tombs, Fethiye
Lykia was peculiar also for the way of buring people. According to their invocation, there were three basic types of tombs. All of them were carved into the mountains. If the deceased was a priest, his tomb was in the shape of a temple. If he was a sailorman, it was a ship shaped tomb (sort of sarcophagus), and if the was an ordinary man/woman, they were buried in the house-shaped tomb.
Above the town, within walking distance, are these fascinating rock tombs, cut into the limestone slope. There are many of these rock tombs along the lycian coast but the most striking ones are here at Fethiye. The main rock tomb here is carved in ionic form, dating back to 450 B.C. A fading inscription details that it was the resting place of Prince Amyntas son of Hermagios but little else is known about the family or indeed the tomb itself.
Fethiye was formerly a Lycian city named Telmessus. The current buildings and streets of Fethiye have completely covered up the remains of that city, but a number of Lycian tombs have survived, which are carved into the cliffs above Fethiye. The tombs from the outside resemble the more famous carved facades of Petra in Jordan (but on a smaller scale). However, their interiors are very plain.
A group of the tombs are open to visitors. They are reachable by car or taxi, and there are a number of signs leading you up to them. Because of the tombs position in the cliffs above the town, they also provide you with a good view of Fethiye and the surrounding mountains and offshore islands.
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Some remarkable example of lycian tombs can be seen on the left of the city, above the ruins of a castle...
Too bad I have only been able to see them remotely, from the sea . We haven't got the time to walk over there.
One reason why I came to Fethiye is to see the rock-cut tombs on the side of the mountain in Fethiye - the Tomb of Amyntas.
On my second day, I roam around the town looking for these tombs, passing by several historical stuff before finally reaching the place - on foot.
It's located right at the large mountain at the edge of the town. There are I think 3 impressively huge and beautiful Lycian rock-cut tombs carved on the face of the mountain, and at lower side are smaller ones that resembles some apartments.
These tombs were built in 350 BC by the Lycians.
There's an entrance fee at the gate if you want to get close or enter the tombs. But even if you don't get in, the tombs are visibly beautiful from the roadside. I find that strange actually that you have to pay when it can be marvelled at closely while standing along the road.
Whilst in Fethiye, visit the Lycian tombs.
Some of the tombs are very well preserved and worth a climb
Entry is 8TYL