Delikemer Aquaduct and Patara Ruins.
In this blog we are looking at two important historic sites on The Lycian Way; Delikemer Aquaduct and Patara Ruins.
A water source near Islamlar approx. 20kms from the port of Patara helped meet the cities water needs. At Delikemer, an aquaduct still exists where water was syphoned in stone blocks. The aquaduct crosses a valley and remains an engineering marvel.
Patara was once one of the most important towns of ancient Lycia. Once a major port the estuary has long since silted up. The impressive ruins that remain are spread over 100 hectares.
The remaining buildings include an assembly hall recently beautifully restored. Amphitheatre, lighthouse, baths, Necropolis, collonaded main street. Gate of Modestus, a monumental gate and Arch of Triumph.
Patara was said to have been founded by Patarus, son of Apollo. It was situated at 60 stadia to the southeast of the mouth of the river Xanthos. Patara was noted in antiquity for its temple & Oracle of Apollo, second only to that of Delphi. The temple has yet to be discovered. Much of the town is still believed to be buried under sand.
The city surrendered to Alexander the Great in 333 BC. During the Wars of the Diadochi, it was occupied by Antigonus and Demetrius.It was conquered by the Ptolemies. Strabo tells us that Ptolemy Philadelphus of Egypt, gave it the name of Arsinoe (Arsinoë) after Arsinoe II of Egypt.
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