Hadrian goes to Phaselis – images from a Lycian harbour city

Some excellent Images courtest of FollowingHadrian…


Phaselis was an ancient Greek and Roman city on the coast of Lycia, today situated 35km south of Antalya. Shaded by towering pine trees, its ruins lie scattered around three small beautiful bays. Once a thriving port shipping timber and rose oil, its beauty is now admired by thousands of visitors each year.

Phaselis was founded in 690 BC by colonists from Rhodes. Due to is geographical position,on an isthmus, it became the most important harbour city of western Lycia and an important centre of commerce between Greece, Asia, Egypt, and Phoenicia. The city was captured by the Persians after they conquered Asia Minor and in 334 BC by Alexander the Great. Alexander admired the beauty of the city and remained at Phaselis throughout the winter of that year. This event elevated the city’s importance and prestige throughout the Mediterranean. After the death of Alexander the Great, Phaselis came under…

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