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Old February 3rd, 2005, 10:19 PM   #1
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Fethiye: A Mediterranean Tale

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Old February 3rd, 2005, 10:39 PM   #2
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Old February 4th, 2005, 05:37 PM   #3
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Fethiye is much more than just the Blue Lagoon, that spectacularly turquoise poster child of Turkey's Mediterranean coast. Fethiye is rocky cliffs, pine-clad mountain ranges, and offshore islets that speak of ancient civilizations. It's the quiet serenity of a sunset over the ghost village of Kayaköy. And it's the blissful solitude of a swim in one of the innumerable, unspoiled, crystalline coves, many inaccessible by land. The combination is winning: The ample natural environment inspires physical activity as much as the sun-kissed coastline encourages sloth. Scuba diving, paragliding off a mountain peak, hiking ancient mountain paths, or wading slowly through an ice-cold gorge are just a few of the activities possible in and around Fethiye. As a starting point for a Blue Voyage, Fethiye is unbeatable, offering several options for day, weekend, or weeklong charters. And of course, there's the Blue Lagoon of Ölüdeniz, one of the most astonishing natural beauties in all of Turkey.
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The history of Fethiye, known as Telmessos in the antique period, and the most important city of LYCIA -one of the oldest Anatolian Civilisations- reaches far back to 5th century BC.

A Lycian legend explains the source of the name Telmessos as follows: " The god Apollo falls in love with the youngest daughter of the King of Phoenicia, Agenor. He disguises himself as a small dog and thus gains the love of the shy, withdrawn daughter. After he reappears as a handsome man, they have a son, whom they name 'Telmessos' (the land of lights). The city became part of the first state of the Persians after the invasion of the Persian King Harpagos in 547 BC., along with other Lycian and Carian cities. Telmessos then joined the Attic-Delos Union established in mid. 5th century BC. and, although it later left the union and became an independent city, continued its relations with the union till 4th century BC.

Legend says that Alexander the Great, on a mission to invade Anatolia in the winter of 334-333 BC, entered Telmessos harbour with his fleet. The commander of the fleet, Nekros, asks permission of King Antipatrides of Telmessos for his musicians and slaves to enter the city. On getting the permission, the warriors with guns hidden in the flute boxes capture the acropolis during the feasts held at night.After being taken over in 1284 by Menteseogullari, a Turkish nation migrating from Central Asia into Asia Minor, the city was named MEGRI, meaning 'far city', and was included in the Ottoman Empire in 1424.In 1934, the city was renamed as FETHIYE in honor of Fethi Bey, a martyr pilot of the War Of Independence.An interesting peculiarity of the ancient city is the fame of its oracles. The oracles of Telmessos, devoted to Apollo, have had great impact on the course of ancient history










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Old February 4th, 2005, 09:40 PM   #4
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wonderful pix icy! Thank you for your additions...
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Old February 8th, 2005, 01:18 AM   #5
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It is really amazing.Also old civilizations knew where to live.Nature,forests and the sea.
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Yes, it's a unique part of our Mediterranean coasts
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Thank you Kuvvaci for this wonderful pix... Fathiye is a real paradise...
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deliciouse landscape!!
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I don't know how I missed thid thread. Wonderful place
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Turkey is truely magnificent. What are these ruins by the way?

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