Europe | Turkey | Antalya – A day full of history
Bad news first,I won’t stay here until October. Monday 16 I’ll be going home…Just two more days I can do interesting things. So last night I found a travel agency and planned a trip to the history.
It started at 8.50A.M in the bus.Then about 1hour on the way and we were in a little cafe on the road for a short break while they could sell us beverages and hand-made things etc. Then we continued between small villages and mountain roads.Near to Finike we saw lovely small bays under the cliffs. Finike is known for it’s beautiful oranges which are being exported too. But the real beauty of the town has to be the antique city which is damaged and even lost.
I think it was about 11A.M when we left the bus to take boat for Kekova,one of the islands around. The interesting thing about it was not just the nature’s beauty but also the sunken city.About 30 minutes of sailing and we were here in front of the antique Lycian City Simena.The ruins in north of the island were on the rocks and also in the water. It’s believed that while The Taurus Mountains were rising with techtonical movements the city has glided into the water. Houses and walls,the old bath and ports lapsed were amazing. There is no road to the other island orned with the village called Kaleköy (Castlevillage) for the grand castle ruins. The only way to get there is to rent a boat. But it does worth it. The castle, ancient tombs (one in the sea) and small rock houses were fascinating.After a
little break for swim we were back in the bus
to go to Myra.
Called also Demre, Myra was an important city of the Lycia. It has lived glorious days in Romain time, but then has been damaged by Arabes and then has been left. I climbed in every part of the theatre of 10.000 of capacity.The necropolis on the mountains is the most interesting thing to see. Tombs in typical Lycian wooden style situated on high rocks successively. But gifts left inside for the other lives of dead people have been stolen.
Our last stop was the Church of St. Nicolas. Born in another Lycian village he has lived here in Myra in the 4th century. He was the priest of this church and he has became a legend because of his wellness to everybody. After his death he has called the saint of children and of sailors. The church has been damaged and reconstructed several times.Even his bones have been stolen from the tomb. After the arabians epoque in region, Byzantine, Seldgukies and Ottomans have respected it.
Today it’s restoration is continuing and with the big statue of St Nicolas, beautiful mozaics and garden, it is lovely.
After this we were again on the road.Just half an hour before Tekirova we stopped again for all these commercial things and we were back in Tekirova at 6.30.
Walking to my room I could only think about the adorable day I passed and all the wonderful places I’ve seen. The photos will soon be on this diary or beetween the photographic entries. But I’m sorry for those who wanted to see Simena. In the boat I just took 2 or 3 photos and then my camera didn’t work. I’ve solved the problem before the church but after the sunken city… Anyway I don’t know where I will be next tuesday. But I’ll try to pass another great day with the few money left to me.
Take care of you all and wish me luck.