Patara Ruins
Patara Ruins
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Much of the city of Patara remains buried in sand, which has helped to preserve many of the ruins. Of particular interest are the Amphitheatre, Necropolis and the monumental gate or Arch of Triumph.
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Musicians Mum
492 contributions
Sep 2022
visited as part of a small group tour.Less touristic than other ancient sites.One of the cities of the Lycian League.Much is still to be excavated. fairly spread out .
At the end of the road is a long beach where turtles nest.
Here can also be found a cafe where gosleme are freshly made. Showers and toilets for beachside use.
Beach busier than the ruins!
Written 22 October 2022
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775Antony
London, UK82 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Magical. We didn’t have enough time to do this place justice, but we were so immersed in the history.
It is not well looked after but that adds to the atmosphere.
Written 14 August 2022
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MrT555
Cambridgeshire, UK182 contributions
May 2022
These ancient Roman ruins are just a 2km walk from the Dardanos hotel or Gelemis village. We walked to them almost every day, on most occasions we were the only visitors, t was like a trip back in time. Just as the sun is going down is best, very atmospheric. I would absolutely recommend visiting.
Written 13 July 2022
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Kharikles
Istanbul, Türkiye20 contributions
Apr 2022
Ancient Site of Patara is one of the most important and oldest cities of the Lycian League, in the southwest of the Xanthos Valley in Turkey. Patara, which is the capital of the Lycian League, is referred to as “”Patar”” in the Hittite texts of the 13th century B.C. Patara Ancient City, which has a tremendous historical and archaeological importance, has one of the rare beaches where Caretta Carettas lay their eggs for millions of years.
In Christian history Patara is famous for being a place of St. Paul’s missionary work at the end of his third missionary journey as he changed ships en route to Jerusalem. Patara was also the birthplace of St. Nicholas (born c.260-280 AD), bishop of Myra and the future Santa Claus.
Undoubtedly, one of the best ways to visit there is a Blue Cruise experience.
Written 13 April 2022
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Karen B
Beverley, UK7 contributions
Apr 2022
We were primarily on a birdwatching trip checking out the nearby freshwater lagoons but ancient ruins can also provide a wonderfully undisturbed and protected habitat for wildlife so always worth checking out. This was no exception. The site is vast and surrounded by low intensity agriculture. There were black eared and common wheatears walking among the ruins and short toed eagles hunting on the hillsides. Tortoises amble among the stones and large agama lizards bask at the base of huge columns. The site itself is well laid out with a raised walkway for wheelchair users. The interpretation is written in Turkish and English. There is plenty of parking at the site centre and a small cafe with toilets. A large diorama in the cafe shows what the city must have looked like in its heyday. The drive to the site is not pretty as you pass through an area of intensive agriculture under enormous plastic greenhouses.
Written 9 April 2022
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Departure811861
Germany860 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
The area of ancient Patara is vast, so take your time if you are really interested in exploring it. Also, put on strong shoes. An arch of triumph with three gates awaits you at the entrance. From the road to the parking lot you can see various sarcophagi, the necropolis and the ex harbour, which is silted up and where there are a few pools now. You can probably walk to the old harbour baths and the palm grove as well as to the amphitheater and the most relevant Likyan assembly hall without any problems. For other ruins you have to climb a bit but that is certainly worth the while because they show you how important Patara was in its high time.
Written 10 September 2021
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Berkay
Istanbul, Türkiye32 contributions
Sep 2020
The capital of Lycian League and one of the biggest cities in Lycia . It is a must-visit place for history lovers and those who have interest in ancient cities.

There are still some ongoing archaeological excavations in the area and some of the buildings have already been renovated in the recent years. Emperor Nero's 26 metre high lighthouse is the next renovation goal of the archaeologists and restorators.

Interesting info: The parliament building in Patara is told to be the meeting place of the first federal republic in the recorded human history. It housed at least twenty-three city-states of the Lycian League from about 167 BC until 400 AD.
Written 24 August 2021
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RichardK938
West Palm Beach, FL729 contributions
May 2021
Patara was very interesting. It was very well excavated and reconstructed. The amphitheaters and parliament buildings were gorgeous. The site was also clean and well maintained. Be sure to walk away from the main sites to see the granaries and the lighthouse on your way to the beach.
Written 20 June 2021
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AnnBlacksea
Samsun, Türkiye176 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
The extensive area of Patara has been developed into a well organized site. After paying an entrance fee, you drive along the road, pass by the city gate, and just after the Jandarma, you turn into the car park. If you continue straight, you will get to the beach. At the entrance to the site is a building with a cafe, toilets and a model of the city. There is a footpath all around the city, you have a large theatre, council chamber, and the main columned Main Street. These have been well restored but there are lots of other buildings, bath houses etc which have not been excavated fully covered in overgrown vegetation. You will need at least 1 1/2 hours to explore this site. There is no shelter so it can get hot in Spring and Summer.
Written 5 June 2021
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,794 contributions
Oct 2020
The compplex of these ruins is really wide. You pay an entrance fee to visit the ruins and the beach. I think is really worth it.
Written 6 November 2020
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