Fethiye 2: Days In and Around: Katyanda

Trip Start Feb 08, 2008
Trip End Sep 11, 2009

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Flag of Turkey  , Muğla Province,
Monday, June 8, 2009

The archaeological site of Katyanda, near the village of Üzümlü, is a mysterious place that I kept thinking of as "rocks in the woods." In fact, pretty much all the places I have been visiting could be called "rocks fill in the blank." But Katyanda had a mysterious charm all its own. If you like that sort of thing; and I do.

This part of Turkey is the region of Lycia (or Lykiya). Katyanda has a history going back 3,000 years. But little is known about it since there are few inscriptions. The Lycians were not Greek. They were a distinct culture. Later in their history the area was occupied by the Persians and the Greeks (Alexander came through the area), and administered by them in succession. But the Lycian architecture is quite distinctive. Some of what is left evidences a very refined aesthetic sensibility. I just love it. (Though such aesthetics are not so much in evidence in Katyanda; there it is the serene setting and beautiful vistas). And I love climbing over the stones and wandering about the sites. It can put one in a reflective state of mind.

And so, Katyanda is one of the places I might not have visited had I not been able to team up with my host Dave. I am just too cheap to have convinced myself to alone rent a car to get there, even though it is quite close to the northeast out of Fethiye. And, few people do go there; though not so few as to preclude a booth for ticketed entry fee, small as it is.

There is an easily followed circuit path that leads one through and past the major remaining features. It is a hilltop site with a commanding view down toward the city and Gulf of Fethiye.

These are some pictures of the place. As I say, rocks in the woods.

After we spent our time about the ruins of Katyanda, Dave and I returned to the village of Üzümlü (Yeşilüzümlü on this map) for a nice lunch.

And a few more pictures:

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pirharun on

“A treasure!”
We visited Aphrodisias on a day trip from Pamukkate and were so glad we did. Sitting out in the middle of the countryside, the ruins of this city are really amazing. There were other tour groups there at the same time, but we often found ourselves alone among the ruins and able to really enjoy them. Includes the truly beautiful ancient gate (tetrapylon), the remarkably intact stadium www.privatetoursinistanbul.com the temple of Aphrodite with many standing columns, the bouleterion, baths, agoras, houses, lovely amphitheatre, and the remarkable Sebasteion as well as an excellent museum. So much to see, and plenty of time to see it on a gorgeous early October day. Highly recommended.

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