Lycian Pinara and Sidyma

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

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Flag of Turkey  , Muğla Province,
Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dave and I had two more of the ancient Lycian cities to visit together, Pinara and Sidyma. Much of my commentary is with the pictures in the "slide show."


Once again, I don't have much to say about Pinara. It was another place to see and climb around. Oh, I read about it. But most of the guide book stuff I read goes in and out. What I'm always left with, though, is the fascination with this unique civilization and their distinct aesthetic. Mind, I haven't pursued a study in anything but superficially. Well, I know that the Lycians fought on the side of Troy in the Trojan War.

As far as Pinara goes, once we turned off the main road there was a couple shuffling along. Ah, at last a chance to give someone else a ride! I see David felt good about it, too.

At Pinara itself, once again David and I explored the site in our own way and at our own speed. Of course, I had to find a way to climb to the top of the site. It was up at the left end, actually. Not much to see up there; it was all overgrown. But the view down and around was very nice. The exercise of going up was also nice.

Here is a gallery of pictures of Pinara (And again, clicking on a picture will start a "slide show," with a little more commentary):



 Sidyma was a new place for David, and this a second visit for me. I'd been there three years previously, hiking over during my stay in the village of Boğaziši, mentioned in the "Elfin Elif" blog, previous to this

Not much is known about the history of Sidyma. But its location--part in a "modern" village, and part in the crop fields surrounding--make for some pleasant strolling. The surviving tombs and mausoleums also are some of the best examples of Lycian design. In my opinion. So again, enjoy the pictures if you will.

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