Tea Chest Tidbits – short posts with lots of delightful photos of our time in Turkey.
Just a short 30 minute drive from our home base in Finike to hills above the agricultural town of Kumluca, you will find the breathtaking site of Rhodiapolis. We gathered up a few friends from the marina and made our way up to explore Rhodiapolis. The name Rhodiapolis means Rhodian City which given that it is said to have been founded by colonists from Rhodes, makes sense. The history of Rhodiapolis is quite limited, it was a small settlement but it did have the right to mint coins, some of which have been discovered during excavation work.
Rhodiapolis was home to two quite prominent figures. The first being a wealthy philanthropist by the name of Opramoas. This gentleman was said to have donated a lot of money to 28 of the Lycian cities to assist with repairs after the devastating earthquakes between 140 and 143 AD. There is a monument to him close to the walls of the theatre with a large inscription commemorating his benefactions. The other famous resident of Rhodiapolis was Heraclitus, a well known oratory and medicine man.
The city was discovered in 1842 by a British geologist, Thomas Spratt. Detailed and recorded discoveries weren’t recorded until 1894 when a team led by E. Krickl went in and spent many months excavating. There was a devastating forest fire in 2005 which caused some damage but the site has once again become part of an excavation campaign led by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
The remains of the amphitheatre, sarcophogai, aqueduct, temples and and churches are all visible. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and would highly recommend a visit.
Catch us next time when we share with you a lovely trip to a village in the mountains of Southern Turkey.
Happy Tea Drinking and Fair Winds ♥
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