When you turn and enter the road that leads to Gelemis, on your way from Fethiye to Kalkan, you reach the ruins of Patara at the 15th km. Patara continued to develop during the Roman Period, within the Lycian union, and carried on its function as a naval base where the Judicial procedures of the Roman governorship were carried out and the relations of Rome with the eastern provinces were maintained. Patara continued to be important during the Byzantine Period and it is the locality where St. Nicholas was born. The harbor of Patara is filled with sand today. You see the Arch of Triumph on your way to Patara; it was the gate of entrance to Patara. This arch was built in the years of 100 AD during the time of Mettius Modestus, the Governor of Rome in Lydia. You see the tombs of Lycian type at the edge of the road. The temple of Apollon should have probably been situated on the hill above the arch. There are ruins of baths at the south of the hill. There are ruins of a basilica at the edge of the road, ruins of a bath on the west-hand side of this and further beyond, a temple of Corinthian order with its cella gate still standing. The theater which was built at the skirt of the slope of a hill in 147 AD, is covered with sand. The temple of Athena is located on the hill where the theater is set. There is a cistern with a depth of 8 m adjacent to this temple. There was a cereal barn in ancient times in the harbor which is filled with sand today. There is a monumental tomb adjacent to the barn building and the structures of the agora of Patara are situated at the back of the barn.
Above text and pictures are from the book titled "A Blue Romance".
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