Limyra is one of the oldest cities of the Lycian state. Supposedly the city was founded in the V century BC by luvians, but ceramic findings indicated about earlier its origins – most likely the city’s history began in the Hittite Empire. The city worshiped the cult of the Mother of the Sun.
Currently Limyra located 6 km from the road D400 (turn on the road D635) between Kumluca and Finike, or rather, it is 8 km from Finike.
The history of this little-known city now was saturated.
In the IV century BC Limyra was the capital and residence of the local dynast Perikle (380 – 360 BC)
In this city of 4 AD died Roman general Gaius Caesar, grandson and adopted son of the Roman emperor Octavian Augustus (the founder of the Roman Empire).
In the Roman period on Limyra referred to as the capital city and a member of the Lycian League, which had two votes in the assembly of the Lycian state.
In the Byzantine period Limyra became the center of a bishopric – in the city were the bishop’s residence and a large church (ruins are located in the eastern part of the city).
In the 10th century AD bishop’s seat moved to the nearby harbor city Phoinix (modern Finike) and after that Limyra role in the history was disappeared.
Now you can see Greco-Roman amphitheater, ruins of Roman baths, the ruins of a Byzantine church and the city walls, Lycian entrance to the city, the ruins of the palace of the bishop, Lycian tombs in Limyra .
Location map of Limyra
Text: Evgeny Nazarenko