Tlos Ancient Lycian City Turkey
One of the largest cities within Lycian region and the sports centre of the Lycian Federation dates back to before 2000BC. Amazingly continued its existence as a residential area inhabited up until the 19th century. Today there are still several well-preserved buildings; its graveyard established on natural rock has handsome house type tombs including the tomb of Bellerophonte (It was here that the mythological hero Bellorophonte and his winged horse Pegasus lived). Inside the Byzantine Basilica (converted from the remains of the roman gymnasium and bath) is the "Yedi Kapı" an impressive set of seven arches overlooking the valley. At the top of the hill there is an ottoman castle of “Bloody Ali” (a notorious Turkish lord) this was built on the foundations of a Lycian fortress. Tlos lies on the east side of the Xanthos valley, and overlooks fertile fields and orchards, along with views of the mountains it stunningly picturesque. It is the sort of site that you can explore quickly or linger on for half the day. Nearby trout farms are an oasis on a hot summer’s day.
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