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Xanthos - Lycian Antique City

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Address: Kinik, Kalkan 07970, Turkey

Xanthos was the capital city of the Lycian Federation and its greatest city...

Xanthos was the capital city of the Lycian Federation and its greatest city for most of Lycian history.

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Accoustic innovation unmasked!

I cannot mask my excitement. I learned about theperfect accoustics of Xanthos theatre as a student of Hellenic theatre and waited over thirty years to make my... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2015
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Ballarat, Australia
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Reviewed 2 April 2015

I cannot mask my excitement. I learned about theperfect accoustics of Xanthos theatre as a student of Hellenic theatre and waited over thirty years to make my pilgrimage.... This is the ultimate Greco-Roman Theatre, with hollowed out seats to improve already great accoustics, the results cannot even be bettered, or even matched, with todays high tech sound systems. In the... More 

2 Thank fional943
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 March 2015

loved the history of xanthos. the area surrounding it was extremely pretty with goats wandering around. lovely

1 Thank claire f
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Reviewed 19 March 2015

nice theater, and many stones remaining from a big town. All can be visited without problem. Fee to be paid

1 Thank Olivier D
Scottish Borders
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Reviewed 8 March 2015

I love Turkish ruins because there always seems to be plenty of room, you get to explore yourself and almost feel like you are the one who is discovering them. It is very easy to visit Xanthos by public bus from the bus station in Kas. It is set on a very impressive hill site. The weather, of course enhances... More 

1 Thank happyholidays8
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 February 2015

I suggest that you make an effort to read up on the history of the site before you visit and, on arrival, visit the rocky cliff at the back of the amphitheatre area overlooking the river to understand the full horror of what happened twice in the history of this ancient city. Charles Fellows is not a very popular man... More 

1 Thank DaveEC16
Rowardennan, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 December 2014 via mobile

The ruins of Xanthos are most certainly worth a visit and deserves a good explore. The theatre is incredibly impressive and in amazing condition. The feeling of standing down in the area of the performance space looking up at the immense structure above you is overwhelming. Unfortunately the remaining mosaics were covered during our visit for protection but the architecture... More 

3 Thank Aaron W
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Reviewed 26 November 2014

Big place, no shade, so don't go in the August mid day heat. Worth a visit, really interesting. Toilets and drinks available on site.

Thank KarenGuildford
Edina, Minnesota
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Reviewed 12 November 2014

Imagine the whole city. Great examples of ancient city. Excellent Lycian text and architecture. Is accessible.

Thank Etoiledunord29
Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 November 2014

Worth a visit, the other reviews say it all. We visited in off season and would have appreciated a guide, as the on sit interpretation was somewhat lacking. Fortunately I had done a bit of reading prior. Just a note on directions if you are relying on Tom Tom, it will take you to a village 10km away. A very... More 

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 October 2014

Lots to see, loads of history, very surprised by just how big the whole site is. In very good condition, easy to find and access.

Thank Alan B

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