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Sunken ancient city of Kekova (Turkey) or Stage Time

This material is about the journey in the surroundings of the Lycian Worlds will be the final. We visited the ancient Lycian city in the World, the Church of St. Nicholas. Lycian rock tombs and the impressive Greco-Roman amphitheater. The final chord in this delightful in its content, the journey became a mysterious Kekova island and its sunken ancient rock city. The largest and most impressive in its impact on the traveler town of the island of Kekova is an ancient Dolihiste. This city is very small. We only know that it was built in the V century BC and was destroyed in the II century BC severe earthquake and subsequently partially sank into the sea… under the cut numerous photo Dolihiste through the prism of Time Steps, other flooded cities, breathtaking azure of the Mediterranean sea and my impression of sea voyages into Time and Space History. I must say that this trip was for me the strongest impression of all visited places in ancient Lycia for this day.

For full immersion in the historical context should be understood to begin with, where is the island of Kekova and what is its original link with the major ancient Lycian city in the World. Without a map here is not enough. Because in his first post about Cerquilla Pleaser I’ve already posted the map of ancient Lycia and the location of the Worlds on the Mediterranean coast, consider the more and closer the position of the Kekova island and Myra on the satellite map. Red numbers 1 – designated historic centre of the Lycian cities to St. Nicholas Church, 2 – Lycian rock tombs and Greco-Roman amphitheater in the foothills, 3 – ancient port Andriake, 4 – Kekova island, a 5 – ancient cave city Dolihiste, 6 – village Kaleka (the ancient city of Simena), 7 – village Okays (the ancient city of Aperlai was one). Now we will clear all historical vicissitudes occurred in the area, which I will briefly talk

Google Map

And, since we got a little distracted by technical details, I will say that this story will differ from the previous ones that I have tried to post as many photos of the sunken Dolihiste, because only in floating by these mysterious shores, and considering in detail each photo, the angle and getting accustomed to every detail of the coast of the island, can intuitively be included in its deep historical context and hear a captivating story what can tell us Dolihiste…)

Also, for interactivity, I recommend parallel enable this audio clip for comfortable viewing and immersion in the context.)

Lycian city in the World ( 1,2 ) was located in a valley about 5 km from the coast. The seaport of Myra in ancient times was the port of Andriake ( 4 ). Until the second century ad the port was very large, and its harbour was straining toward Worlds another 1.5-2 km East. After the devastating earthquake in these areas in the II century ad the Kekova Peninsula is much plunged into the sea and became Islands, and the Bay Andriake rose, became shallow and lost its key importance as a major port city Worlds. Numerous warehouse buildings and ancient Roman times, built on the Harbor was far from the sea and, obviously, were partially destroyed by the earthquake and gradually abandoned because of the inconvenience of using them.

Going on a voyage to the island of Kekova Worlds we, again, passed the “on ground” an ancient sea port, heading for the seaside village of Andriake. Now in this small Bay still flows into a small mountain stream. If you go in the direction of Andriake Bay, the river will be on your right, and the ancient warehouse buildings are particularly noticeable on the left side on a small undulating hill. To get to these antique barns may have there and the road, but this route in our already crowded program was not included. Yes, and in General, in these places, everywhere you look “anywhere and everywhere” are the remains of the past and the glorious history of the Mediterranean.

Pretty quickly we found ourselves in what was once the ancient port of Andriake. Now there is a lot of tourist boats yachts, including pending and random customers…)

Meet yachts on this now and we are with you.

Kekova island (on the left) is inexorably approaching. A little about the island. It is relatively small, it has a coastline of about 19 km, the area – 4,5 sq. km. and its maximum altitude is 188 m. the island has no population since 1850. Now access there is also no, it’s a reserve, so that in addition to the ubiquitous goats, mainly black, other living creatures, we did not see, but maybe it’s for the better) by the Way, Kekova with Luwian language (the ancient Indo-European language of the Anatolian branch) sounds like Kawakawa, “the birthplace of the Goat”. Possibly, even, existed the cult.

The history of these places old and very ancient. The Kekova Bay has long been regarded as the best in this part of the Mediterranean. Here dwelt the pirates, and later appeared a small ancient city. The inhabitants were mostly engaged in the production of olive oil and fruit growing. Here, then, were ancient quarries. Local stone was handled well and was perfect for construction.

By itself, the walk along the Mediterranean sea, the event already. Sea air saturated with freshness and romance, the bright southern sun and dazzling beauty and color of Mediterranean water, caused enthusiastic cheers of all those present on the yacht.

Here is a separate picture of this water, but it still will not be able to pass this wonderful deep and clear turquoise-lapis lazuli color of this Mediterranean sea water.

This Northern part of the island of Kekova. The light was uncomfortable and back, so in the photo there is some haze.

As you get closer to these mysterious shores, the tourists on the boat gradually died down, everyone began to cover involuntary relentless sense of Discovery and approximation of Revelation. Here, a little further is the ancient sunken city of Delicate. In these places was, as I mentioned, a very convenient harbour. The largest city was just Dolihiste.

The appearance of Delicate happened suddenly, solemnly, and even theatrical. The traces of human presence started silently and impressively to manifest.

Appeared the ancient structures Delicate, as the shifting shapes of ghosts from the underworld.

The boat easily slid over the emerald expanse of coastal Delegate, the ship was rustling silence, the faces of the travelers were concentrated and collected. I recommend, like this, to see his comrades in the journey in such a time when you have this sunken city – everyone present will manifest themselves in these first moments in a special way and is typical.

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