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PINARA
Tombs with city depictions

Pinara, Turkey

Although Pinara was an important Lycian city, one of six having 3 votes in the Lycian League, there is little reason to make the struggle of getting out here.
The ruins of Pinara are less impressive than other Lycian sites, and there is quite a bit of walk between the most interesting parts. The royal tombs here have unique features, which makes a visit worthwhile for enthusiasts: carvings showing cities with four walls, gates, houses tombs and one or two humans.
The structure surviving best is the theatre, and is interesting from one fact, that it never was modified by the Romans, preserving older layout and patterns.
There are clear remains of many other large structures here as well, but nothing that would intrigue most travellers.
Pinara's history is not terribly proud. It was among the first Lycian cities to surrender to Alexander the Great in the 4th century BCE, without putting up the least of resistance. Never again would it regain its independence and importance. It disappeared from history sometime in the 9th century CE when the region was part of the Byzantine Empire.

Pinara, Turkey

Practicalities
Opening hours are not strict; the area is unfenced. The admission fee is 3 lira.
There are no accommodation around here, but the nearby village of Eşen has a few restaurants.
Getting out here is clearly best done with your own transport. Infrequent minibuses from Fethiye bring you within a 6 km of the site, so you need to arrange something on your own for the last leg.




By Tore Kjeilen