Learn About The Ancient Lycians at Xanthos Letoon

Nearby Fethiye is the two nearby ruin cities of Xanthos-Letoon. These listed UNESCO sites are vital in understanding the history of the Lycian people. These ruins are close by to the hotel resort that I frequently visit in Turkey, and I have driven past them many times, not realising their cultural significance. We decided to visit the ruins and understand more about the history of the local area. Turkey has a very long history, and the Lycian language started dying out by 546BC!

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As you can see from the images, these sites have a unique intact architectural example of the ancient Lycian Civilisation, and many texts found at the site of this ancient language.

This site is protected by UNESCO due to its exceptional testimony to the Lycian civilisation, both through the many inscriptions found at the two sites and through the remarkable funerary monuments preserved within the site. Given the importance of this site, when we visited, we were the only people there. It is a shame that somewhere so ancient and preserved that more visitors are unaware of it.

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