Fethiye is located on the Lycian and Carian border and was called Telmessos in
ancient times. The city was very prominent and a centre of prophecy, pledged to
Apollon. That the city life was rich and highly cultured during the Hellenistic
and Roman periods is evident from the existing monuments. Today the majority of
ancient ruins in Telmessos are rock-tombs, Lycian-type sarcophagi, the fortress
and the Roman Theatre.
The peninsula lying between Fethiye and Antalya was known as Lycia in the
ancient times. Lycians were natives of Anatolia and sea-faring people as
mentioned in Homers Iliad and Kadesh War Peace Agreement document.
Within the city there are quite a number of Lycian-type sarcophagi. On these
there are epitaphs in the Lycian scripture. Especially the sarcophagus near the
government house is worthy of notice, with its relieves depicting warriors.
The fortress stands where the city was first founded and the existing walls are
from the 11th Century. At same places, portions of walls from the Roman period
can be seen. The fortress was repaired by the Rhodesian Knights during the 15th
Century and was used as a naval base.
Telmessos Ancient Theatre stands opposite to the commercial quay at Fethiye town
centre. The typical Roman type theatre was built in 2nd. Century on the remains of a
Greek style previous one. The site was excavated by the Fethiye Archaeology
Museum in 1993 and a restoration project was made to renovate the theatres
cavea and stage.
The Archaeological Museum
of Fethiye exhibits numerous
archaeological findings from the Lycian,
Hellenistic, Roman and Ottoman periods as well as ethnological works
of art typical for the region.
Fethiye can be reached by the Izmir-Mugla highway as well as by the route of
Antalya-Fethiye accompanied by an extraordinarily beautiful panorama. There is
also a road between Burdur and Fethiye.
Do not miss a visit to the canyon of
Saklikent or the world-famous beach of
Transportation by air is possible from the Dalaman Airport (50
km.) and the
Antalya Airport (21 0 km.).