Lycian Rock Tombs

Carved into the cliffside above town is a group of ancient Lycian tombs that have become some of Fethiye’s most famous landmarks. Set higher than the rest, the most important of the tombs was built in 350 B.C. for “Amyntas, son of Hermagios” (according to a Greek inscription on the wall of the tomb), who is thought to have been a local Lycian ruler or nobleman.

The entrance to the Amyntas Tomb was carved out of the rock so as to look like a temple portico, with two Ionic-style columns topped by a triangular pediment. Grave robbers appear to have broken into the tomb a long time ago, as is clear from the missing panel in the bottom-right-hand side of the doorway.

About 500 meters down and to the right (east) is a cluster of several smaller tombs carved into the cliff face; very little is known about the identities of those buried here.

In addition to seeing the tombs themselves, visitors who make the hike up will be rewarded with fabulous views of the town and the surrounding coastline. The best time to visit (and consequently the busiest) is at sunset.

Practical Info

The Lycian tombs are reached by a rather steep climb up from behind Kaya Caddesi, first via a road and then via a long series of stone steps cut into the hillside. You can view the tombs from a distance without paying the entrance fee, but to see the Amyntas Tomb from up close, you’ll need to buy a ticket.

Admission is 5 TL and it’s open May to October 8am - 7pm, November to April 8am - 5pm.
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Adres: Fethiye, Turkije
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Openingstijden: May - Oct 8am - 7pm, Nov - Apr 8am - 5pm
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Toegang: 5TL
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