Limyra Ancient City

Limyra Ancient City

Limyra Ancient City, founded in the 5th century BC, was the capital of the Lycian civilization during the Pericies period. The artifacts obtained as a result of excavations in Limyra, formerly known as Zemuri, are exhibited in the Antalya Museum.

The excavations carried out by the Austrian excavation team were stopped as a result of political tension. The area where the colonnaded street of the ancient city of Limyra is currently being excavated is flooded. It has become a place where young people in the villages cool off by entering the stream where cold spring water flows in the heat. Village residents also prefer the ancient city for picnics.

Finike Limyra Antik Kenti Kalintilari
Finike Limyra Antik Kenti Tarihi Kalintilar

Within the city walls, it is also possible to see the monumental tomb of Gaius Caesar, the spiritual son of Emperor Augustus, built in the 4th century AD after he lost his life in Limyra on his way from Jerusalem to Rome. Gaius Caesar, whose ashes were taken to Rome, has only a monumental tomb here.

Finike Limyra Antik Kenti Dere Suyu
Finike Limyra Antik Kenti Tarihi Kent

On the opposite side of the road dividing the ancient city into two, the 3700-seat theater has survived to the present day, but the stage has not survived to the present day. You can see hillside houses and rock tombs on the slopes of the hill behind the Limyra theater. It is possible to see the rock tombs of Limyra Ancient City 2 km east of the theater of the ancient city.

Finike Limyra Antik Kenti Sur Duvarlari
Finike Limyra Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

What are the entrance fee and visiting hours of Limyra Ancient City?

Since there is no protection and facilities in the ancient city of Limyra, the entrance is free of charge and can be visited at any time of the day.

Where is Limyra and how to get there?

The distance between Finike and Limyra is 7 km. On the way from the center of Finike to Elmalı, another district of Antalya, you need to turn right from Yuvalılar Village at the 6th kilometer to the Saklısu side. The road passes through the ancient city, 1km after the turn, you will see the ancient city on the right and the theater of the ancient city on the left.