Xanthos Antik Kenti, Kalkan

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Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Tourist Spot
Explore the tombs, temple ruins, and amphitheater of Xanthos Antik Kenti, the former capital city of the Lycian Federation. Dating back to the 8th century BCE, this antique city is known for its violent history. Over time the city recovered and now you can tour its historic streets, temples, and ruins. The city is easily accessible via car, and you'll find restrooms and drinks available near the archeological digs and preserved sites. To learn more about the history behind the ruins, hire one of the English-speaking tour guides that offer their services throughout the area. History tells that around 540 BCE, the people of the city chose to commit mass suicide instead of surrendering to invading Persian forces. The men of the town set fire to the women, children, slaves, and prized possessions at the acropolis before fighting a doomed battle against the Persians. Eventually the town was repopulated, but history repeated itself 500 years later, when in 42 BCE, during the Roman Civil Wars, Brutus attacked the city after the townspeople refused to comply with his demands for soldiers. Using our custom trip planner, Kalkan attractions like Xanthos Antik Kenti can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Visiting Xantos (or Ksantos in Turkish) I was so lucky to be accompanied by my travel expert Sabahattin Alkan and met Durmuş Kiraz in this ancient city. With his experience with archeological team...  more »
  • Amazing place I have visited this summer. Magical sorroundings! Peacefull place with great history. Must visit!  more »
  • It is a very nice place but still no documentation, conservation and guidelines. Few things have changed since my last visit 20 years ago. Authorities should pay more attention.... But please do not miss it. Even with a quick car pass by....
  • I loved it because i could wander around by myself in the ancient Lycian ruins. Roman ruins too. It was especially wonderful because of the constant thunder and intermittent drizzle, which cooled it off and created a mystical atmosphere.
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