Photographer's Note

Phaselis, situated on the Lycian way, is not the most stunning of the many ancient ruin sites in Turkey, but it is situated in a beautifully peaceful and unexploited area of coastline. I regret that we spent such a short time exploring the area; next time maybe?
This photograph was taken from the pine tree shaded, pebble beach of the ancient southwest harbour.
Ancient Phaselis is set on three small, secluded bays, now protected within the grounds of a beautiful national park.
Two millennia ago in Roman times this was a thriving port town shipping rose oil and the perfumes made of it, as well as timber from the surrounding forests. Trading links stretched as far as Egypt. In the 6th century Phaselis was overrun by the Persians who remained in control for the next 200 years. In 334 BC, together with the whole of Lycia, it fell to Alexander. It is said that he was so enchanted with Phaselis, that he spent the winter here.
Today the three bays and ruined aqueduct of golden limestone shaded by fragrant pines are all that is left of once-prosperous Phaselis

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