Xanthos-Letoon

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Sights and Museums, Historic Site
Ranked #3 in Kas things to do
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Letoon was the sacred cult center of Lycia, its most important sanctuary, and was dedicated to the three national deities of Lycia - Leto and her twin children Apollo and Artemis. Leto was also ... Read more
worshiped as a family deity and as the guardian of the tomb. Letoon lies less than 10 km to the south of Xanthos on a fertile plain. Xanthos and Letoon are often seen as a "double-site", since the two were closely linked and Letoon was administered by Xanthos. Xanthos-Letoon is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Turkey, and it was registered in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1988. Letoon has been under excavation since the 1950's and since 1962 by the French Archaeological Mission, in conjunction with the excavations being carried out at Xanthos. Letoon is a romantic site and many of the monuments arise from standing water which provides lush vegetation. Terrapins and frogs are usually seen. Unfortunately though, the high water table hinders excavation. Several finds from Letoon (as well as artifacts from other sites), including the important Trilingual Stele from Letoon, bearing inscriptions in Greek, Lycian and Aramaic, (crucial in the deciphering of the Lycian language) can be seen in the Fethiye Museum.

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Nottingham, UK

The ancient ruins of the city of Xanthos and of the temple of Letoon are some of the most historic sights in the Fethiye region. Xanthos was a Lycian city and one that was mentioned in famous works such as the Illiad, such was its importance. The city was abandoned long ago, but you can still find the crumbling remains of this once bustling city by the modern town of Kinik. Nearby, are the equally important remains of the Letoon temples, a religious site of great importance during the Lycian period.

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Milano, Italia

Another UNESCO World Heritage. No site shows better the blending of the Lycian and hellenic culture, especially in the funerary arts. It's around 40km from Oludeniz, near Patara beach, half way to Kas.

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Beautiful ruins to explore just another 10 minutes further than Patara Beach!

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