Patara Archaeological Site is 229 km (142 mile) far to Antalya centurum. The city covers an area of 10 km²’ between the acropolis walls of Doğucasarı and the west wall of the Alakür hill, Kuruşunlutepe which rises above Limanağzı in the south and the Kısık Passage, forming the entrance to the north. The name of the city according to Hittite inscriptions from the 13th century B.C. was Patar. The ceramic finds from the Tepecik Acropolis carrying features dating from the Middle Bronze Age and the stone axe which was found on the eastern foot of Tepecik, indicate the age of settlement at Patara. Patara, the only city in the Xanthos valley with access to the sea, preserved its importance in every period and the name Patara is recorded in its Lycian form PATARA on inscriptions and coins. It was called Patara during the Hellenistic and later periods and Batara in Arabic sources.

The city of Patara maintained its importance in the Middle Ages and it has then survived as an important centre.

The entrance to the city ruins today is by a magnificent well-protected Roman triumphal arch. The inscriptions show that it was built for the Governor of the region in 100 A.D. On the slopes of the hill to the west of the arch is a necropolis with Lycian type sarcophagi (tombs). From inscriptions the theatre at the southernmost end of Kurşunlu Hill was reconstructed in 147 A.D. after an earthquake. The Kurşunlu Hill, against which the theatre leans, is the most splendid corner from which the general appearance of the city can be viewed. From here the other ruins of the city, the Vespasian baths, the small Corinthian Temple, the main-street and the sea port can easily be seen. The monumental granarium behind the marsh to the northwest of the hill was built to record the visit of Emperor Hadrian and his wife Sabina in the 2nd century A.D. To the north of the theatre is the parliament building, constructed in the 2nd century A.D. where meetings in the Lycian capital city Patara were held. The freshwater was brought to the city from the springs in the cliffs at Kızıltepe, near İslamlar village, about 20 km southeast of the city. The most monumental part of the aqueduct-waterway system is between the spring and the city, north of the Fırnaz pier, which is called the “Hollow Belt” by the local inhabitants.

Open daily between 09:00-17:00
Address: Kalkan Beldesi, Kaş – Antalya
Tel: +90.242.843 50 18
Admission: 5 TL

* Ticket booths are closing 30 minutes or an hour before the museum closing time*

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