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Fethiye with its cultural wealth, natural beauties and geography, is among the important tourism centres of Turkey. It is famous for its works of art belong to Persians, Lycians, Carians and Romans. This charming county is in a bay within Fethiye Gulf where both large and small islands are scattered. The rear of the bay is surrounded by pine forests.

The ancient name of Fethiye, which was a coastal city at the borders of Lycia-Caria, is Telmessos. There is not definite information about the foundation of this Ancient city. According to the first written records, it has come into existence in the 5th century B.C. Telmessos, separate from Lycia, survived as an independent city for a long time. The city experienced the rule of Persia, Alexander the Great, Rome, Pergamum Kingdom, Byzantium, Menteseogulları Principality and Ottoman State respectively.

Mediterranean climate, which is hot and dry during summers and warm and rainy during winters, is dominant in the region. Temperature, which is approximately 30 degrees during summer months, is generally over 10 degrees during winter.

Fethiye History

Fethiye’s antique period name is “Telmessos”. This city had been established in 5th century B.C. at the frontiers of Lycian and Karya civilizations. From the remains reaching today, it is understood that the city had had a quite high level rich culture and had been a famous center of prophecy devoted to god Apollon. Antique Telmessos’s typical Lycian rock graves, tombs, fortress and theatre ornament Fethiye with all their splendor.

The Amyntas Grave, accepted as the symbol of Fethiye, catches the eye with its magnificent appearance at the foot of the hill surrounding the city from the harbor. The grave, planned by In Antis, having the front of an Ionnic temple, had been built for the memory of the King Amyntas who had been believed to be the administrator of the city at the 4th century Hellenistic period.

Telmessos antique theater is located just behind the seaport at the city center of Fethiye. Showing a typical Roman character the theater is known to be built at the 2nd century on top of another Greek style theater that had been established before. The restoration work of sitting and stage sections of the building, which had been brought out with the excavations made by Fethiye Archeological Museum in 1993, is still continued.