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information about Patara

PATARA antique town, It is located on the soutwest edge of fertile Xanthos valley, If you turn towards Gelemis direction, the road will take you to patara in 5km. With the recent findings, some ceramics and coins dating back to VII.century BC were found revealing that the history of Patara goes far beyond. Known as being the birthplace of the God Apollon, it is one of the most important and the oldest cities of ancient Lycia. After Lukka Military expedition, Hittite king IV. Tudhaliya expresses as follows:’ I ve left invaluable gifts and constructed holly places for you accross the Patar Mountain’ From this fact we conclude that the ancient name for Patara was ‘Patar’, Being the only door to Xanthos valley, the city kept its value for years, For now, we can estimate the age of the town dating to VI. and V.centuries

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