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The Ancient City Of Phaselis In 10 Stunning Photos

The Ancient City of Phaselis in 10 Stunning Photos

My knowledge of ancient history is crummy. Whatever we may have studied in school went in one ear and right out the other. But I have to say walking through the massive gates and into the ancient city of Phaselis was actually very interesting, thanks in part to English signs explaining the history.

The origins of Phaselis have been dated to the 7th century BC.

The city was first colonized by Greeks. Then it fell under Persian control but was later taken by Alexander the Great. It stayed in Egyptian hands (209-197 BC) until it was handed to the Kingdom of Rhodes under the Roman rule of Ptolemy. The bottom line – lots of back and forth, especially with its three natural harbours until the 11th century AD when the ports of Antalya and Alanya were developed.

If you hike the Lycian Way

We had a rest day after all of two days of walking on the Lycian Way in the village of Beycik, about a 15 minute drive away. Our host at the Beycik Palace Hotel was a total delight and offered to drive us back and forth to the ruins. In total we spent a couple of hours and that was about right.

The entrance fee is 10 Turkish lira – and that gives you access to the ruins and the beaches.

Enjoy a walk through time in Phaselis.

The Ancient City of Phaselis in 10 Stunning Photos

Where ancient meets modern

The Ancient City of Phaselis in 10 Stunning Photos

The main street of the ancient Phaselis

The Ancient City of Phaselis in 10 Stunning Photos

They heated the spa with these rocks

The Ancient City of Phaselis in 10 Stunning Photos

Fantastic view of Mount Olympus from Phaselis

The Ancient City of Phaselis in 10 Stunning Photos

Arches still standing after 2000 years

The Ancient City of Phaselis in 10 Stunning Photos

How many more years before it’s just a jumble of rocks?

The Ancient City of Phaselis in 10 Stunning Photos

Vandalism at work? I have no idea

The Ancient City of Phaselis in 10 Stunning Photos

This may have been a store in ancient times

The Ancient City of Phaselis in 10 Stunning Photos

The beach and harbour on the south side of the city – and what a view!

The Ancient City of Phaselis in 10 Stunning Photos

Quite the backdrop for wedding photos – and a natural harbour on the north side of the city

Autumn crocus in Turkey

Wonder if these autumn crocus were around in ancient times?

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Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Quite a lovely backdrop for the wedding photo but no beach.
    It’s truly amazing that these rocks still remain after 2000 years. Wonder what of ours will remain 2000 years from now?

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