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Patara, an ancient city, is situated in the western mediterranian region of Anatolia. The antic ruins are under protection. The city has a 20 km long sandy beach (one of the longest in Turkey) nearby and a very untouched landscape around.
In March, flowers rise up across the valley, whispering us that : "The warm and beautiful spring is coming !" :)
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History :
The place was large, possessed a good harbour, and was said to have been founded by Patarus, a son of Apollo. It was situated at a distance of 60 stadia to the southeast of the mouth of the river Xanthos.

The city, with the rest of Lycia, surrendered to Alexander the Great in 333 BC. During the Wars of the Diadochi, the city was occupied in turn by Antigonus and Demetrius, before finally falling to the Ptolemies. Strabo informs us that Ptolemy Philadelphus of Egypt, who enlarged the city, gave it the name of Arsinoe (Arsinoë) after Arsinoe II of Egypt, his wife and sister, but that it nevertheless continued to be called by its ancient name, Patara. Antiochus III captured Patara in 196 BC. The Rhodians occupied the city, and as a Roman ally, the city with the rest of Lycia was granted its freedom in 167 BC. The city suffered siege by Mithridates IV, king of Pontus, in 88 BC, and was captured by Brutus and Cassius, during their campaign against Antony and Augustus, but spared the massacres that were inflicted on nearby Xanthos. Patara was formally annexed by the Roman Empire in 43 AD and attached to Pamphylia.

The city remained of some importance during the Byzantine Empire as a way point for trade and pilgrims. During the wars between the Turks and the Byzantines, the city was abandoned.

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  • Copyright: FUAT ERTUN YILMAZ (ERTUNYILMAZ) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 4] (35)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2006-03-08
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposition: f/6.7, 1/180 secondes
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  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2007-03-27 5:35
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