Xanthos-Letoon, Turkey

The two nearby ruins of Xanthos and Letoon nearby Fethiye in Turkey, are listed as UNESCO sites due to the significance in the understanding 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 were 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 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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