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Ancient City of Phaselis

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Ancient City of Phaselis

Location : Antalya

Established by Rhodian colonists around 700 BC, Phaselis was a ancient city located in what is known as Tekirova (Antalya Province) today. Because of its location on an isthmus separating two harbours, it was the most important harbour city of eastern Lycia and an important centre of commerce between Greece, Asia, Egypt, and Phoenicia. Ruled by the Persians, the Delian Confederacy, Alexander the Great, Ptolemaios,Rhodians as well as the Romans. During the 3rd century AD; the city began to suffer due to the emergence of pirates and began to lose importance, suffering further losses at the hands of Arab ships in the 7th century until becoming totally impoverished in the 11th century. The city ceased to be of any importance as a port by the time the Seljuks began to concentrate on Alanya and Antalya as ports. What managed to survive from the city to this day is mostly from the Roman and Byzantine eras, such as the North-South ports (as well the road that connects them to each each other), the agora, theater, as well as the Byzantine era walls and the ancient cemetary of the city. Aside from the ruins, one can take a cable car ride to Olympos from a location that can be considered close to the ancient city. In this way, you will have the chance to see the natural wonder Tahtalı Mountain and eventually stop at the Olympos Beydaglari Coastal National Park.