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Review of Patara Ruins

Patara Ruins
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Patara
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Owner description: Much of the city of Patara remains buried in sand, which has helped to preserve many of the ruins. Of particular interest are the Amphitheatre, Necropolis and the monumental gate or Arch of Triumph.
Reviewed 3 October 2013

We spent four days exploring these ruins (and beach) and we still have plenty more to see. Paid 7.5 TL for 10 visits, so a real bargain. Was impressed by amphitheatre, newly restored parliament building, market place (very evocative), two sets of baths, lighthouse, tombs, entrance gate...we walked round the swampy area (silted up ancient harbour) to a fantastic granary, which was a warehouse used to store trade goods. Was not too hot late September as there was a nice breeze. Pretty empty every time we visited. Much more still to see and explore.

We are not particularly into history but I enjoy a walk with a purpose, and this is a beautiful place to explore.

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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Patara is an amazingly intact ancient city next to a long sandy beach near Fethiye Turkey.
The amphitheatre and wealthy citizens tomb on the hill behind are magnificent. Even if you are not a history buff, spend some time in one of the 30 rows of theatre seats and hike to the top of hill to the tomb for view of the sea and city. Wear good walking shoes to visit the tomb. Sandals are enough for the theatre where you should spend an hour or more feeling the energy from the rows of giant stones. Relax, meditate, read or just imagine life in this remarkable ancient city. There are many ruins to see before a rest and a swim at the nearby sandy beach. Visit early in the season or during summer peak, arrive early or late in the day to avoid the tour buses.

Thank BurgerHunter
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Majestic and beautiful, the ruins are amazing because they are so close to the water. But can you blame us if we headed straight to the beach?

Thank Lalaleitha
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

A great place to visit on the way to the beach. There are many areas to explore. The entrance gate to the old city awaits you on entry to the ruins and is very impressive. Lots to read about and walk around if you enjoy historical sites.

Thank Holidaymaker20132013
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Well worth a visit out of the heat of the sun.
Lycian meeting hall and amphitheatre were impressive, as was archway and Main Street.
Amazing to think this was once a major port.
The info boards give some background.
Cost of entry is included in beach ticket.

Thank QJs
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