Phaselis Archaeological Site Virtual Tour

According to the historians the main Goddess of the city was Athena, Goddess of war and wisdom. It is thought the temple dedicated to Athena and other important structures which could not be found are on the Acropolis hill which is today covered by forest. It is suggested that the city was founded by colonists from Rhodes on this small peninsula in the 7th century B.C. According to these foundation legends, the offer of corn and dried fish from the colonists were answered by demands for fish from the local people. Its geological position indicates that it was an important seaport. It has three ports, on the north, the northeast and on the southwest coast of the peninsula. The ship descriptions on the port, in the agora and on the coins of the city emphasize the trade port identity of Phaselis.

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    09:00 19:00 08:30 17:00 Open everyday

    Ticket booths are closing 30 minutes or an hour before the museum closing time.
    Address : Tekirova, Kemer
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    Phone : (242) 821 45 06
    Fax : (242) 238 56 87

    Phaselis was sometimes presented as a Lycian area and sometimes as a Pamphylia area, lying within the borders of both areas. The city was ruled by the Persians in the 5th century B.C., by the Caria Satrap Mausolos in the 4th century and then by the Limyra King Perikles. One of the most colorful pages in the history of the city was when Alexander the Great was greeted by the city with a golden crown in 333 B.C. Phaselis, which passed though several hands after Alexander the Great became a member of the Lycian League in 167 B.C. and struck its coins. After being subject to the plundering of the pirates of its neighboring city Olympos, it came under Roman rule in 43 B.C. This was a period of reconstruction and the beginning of 300 years of peace in the city. Emperor Hadrian visits the city in 129 A.D. The monumental single arch at the entrance of the main road starting at the southern port was constructed in honor of this visit. During the centuries of Byzantine rule Phaselis was one of the cities that participated in the Council of Chalcedon in 451. After the Muslim raids of the 7th century a new period of peace began in the 8th century. Phaselis lost its importance after the invasion by the Seljuks in 1158 and because of earthquakes ruined the area the port lost its function. The city was abandoned completely after the beginning of the 13th century. Most of the remaining ruins date from the Roman and Byzantine periods. These line both sides of the main road which links the north-south ports and form the main axis of the city. The road broadens between the agora and the theatre and forms a small square.

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