When talking about Turkey, almost tourists always think about the famous Blue Mosque in Istanbul or the colorful balloons flying up early in the Cappadocia valley. However, Turkey is also a country with a long history of centuries. The culture of this place is diverse, a mixture of elements from the culture and traditions of Turkey, Anatolia, Ottoman and the West – began. When Ottoman Westernized and continues to date, there are many ancient relics to explore for visitors when traveling to Turkey.
Myra- Ancient tomb of Turkey
Myra is an ancient town located in the Lycia region of Antalya province in Turkey. This town is located on the Myros River in the fertile alluvial plains, which is very convenient for agriculture and commerce.
Myra was born in the 1st century BC and was one of the six leading cities of ancient Lycian alliance (Xanthos, Tlos, Pinara, Patara, and Olympos). This city is famous for its largest lecture hall in Lycia, numerous stone tombs and sculptures on the stage of the theater and built by the Romans in the third century.
Stone tombs in Myra are divided into two main groups. One is on the antique theater where writers have been coming to admire. Secondly, along the Myros River to the east, they are also called the river cemetery. Furthermore, more than 60 graves are scattered and most concentrated in the plains near the center of Lycia. Charles Fellows is a researcher who found this forgotten city in 1840.
In ancient times, dead bodies were cremated or buried in the ground. After cremation, the ashes of the dead were placed in a vase, and if buried, they built a tomb sometimes tombs to keep the remains. The ancient Lycia chose to build a grave on the cliff, believing that a mysterious wing would take them to heaven. Each tomb may contain the remains of many relatives. Perhaps this shows the desire to keep relationships even after the death of the ancient Lycians.
In addition to the ancient tombs, the Amphi Theater, one of the attractions in Myra, is still in good condition. The corridor and the dome are intact, with a total of 38 seats, the front of the theater is richly decorated with stone carved masks and mysterious myths. In the west of the theater, there are steep cliffs that are rather steep and rugged. It contains a large number of graves carved into the cliff, with a mismatched pattern. Most of these tombs date from the 4th century BC.
Myra Tomb is quite small located in the way from Fethiye to Antalya, so it is the convenience of renting the car for traveling if you travel with a group of people. Furthermore, on the way to Antalya, you can spend short time for visiting the tomb.
Hope that this information above will help you have a wonderful time in Turkey. Furthermore, if you need more information, you don’t forget to visit Asia Travel Agency to get more.