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Most Popular and Most Visited Natural Wonders and Attractions in Turkey : Travel to Patara in Antalya

by Radamel on 04/05/08 at 5:53 am

Patara is one of the ancients town in Turkey.It is famous with natural beauty and the history which has not been discovered yet.

Every year, millions of tourists come to Turkey to see the natural beauties of my country. Most of these tourists are Russian, German and people coming from North Europan countries like Finland, Sweden and Norway. There are many historical and touristic places in Turkey but most of them are found in Aegean and Mediterranean region. Izmir, Antalya, Didim, Kusadasi, Marmaris, Fethiye, Bodrum and Ephesus are all great examples to these beauties. All of these places are located near the sea. Some of them have a historical background while some don’t have. This article is about a small town Patara.

Patara is an ancient town in Mediterranean region. It is located in city of Kas which is one of the touristic cities of Antalya Province. According to the historians, Patara is the birth place of Saint Nicholas who is known as Noel Father in Turkish culture. Most of you know him as an old man who drives his deers and gives presents to the children in Noel nights. He lived all his life nearby Patara, in the town of Myra..

Patara was founded by Patarus. So, it is known with his name. Patarus was one of the sons of famous Greek commander Apollo. In the past, Dorians coming from city of Crete lived in this small town. It witnessed many wars of Greek and Egyptians. In 1. century B.C, it was joined to Roman Empire and Rhodians occupied the ancient Patara. It was joined to Pamphylia in the year of 43. According to the quotes in Bible, Paul of Tarsus and Luke changed their ships in Patara.

Patara has a small hill and a ruined temple on one side of the hill. Currently, It is under ruins. Every year, Europan and Turkish archaeologists come to Patara to search about ancient civilizations living in this region. Excavations are made.Most of those excavations are made on the hill and ruined temple nearby. Off-shore part of Patara is under sand. After the latest excavations, archaeologists announced that Patara has a main street and amphitheatre.

One day, if your steps take you away to Turkey, you should visit Patara. Sure that, you can find many interesting things which have not been discovered yet.

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Lucy Lockett

May 10th, 2008

Thanks for the info, I am learning much through your articles.

Cynthia

Jul 25th, 2008

I love Turkey, and am pleased to know of another destination for my next trip.

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Jul 25th, 2008

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Picos

Aug 21st, 2008

Akdeniz şehirleri bir başka güzel oluyor zaten. Marmaris, Kuşadası, Bodrum , Fethiye. Hepsi biribirinden güzel.

SofiaBush22

Oct 9th, 2008

Informative and well-written article.
This ancient city sounds like a place I’d be thrilled to visit :) .

Thanks!

Kosyman

Oct 9th, 2008

I love the stone structure designs of the past ;)

mikl

Oct 9th, 2008

Mmm, really interesting history. I hope I get there someday.

nadi otlu

Nov 20th, 2008

Thanks for this informative Patara article.
I can advice you accomadation in Patara.
Golden Lighthouse Hotel
http://www.pataragoldenlighthouse.com
Golden Pension
http://www.pataragoldenpension.com

Juancav

Feb 26th, 2009

Turkey country a legacy of the ancient Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire, which belongs to two continents, and archaeological riches,must visit it.

nutuba

Feb 26th, 2009

So cool and beautiful!

The Quail

Feb 26th, 2009

Awesome article.

Lauren Axelrod

Feb 28th, 2009

How did you know this is one of my favorite countries?

B Nelson

Aug 1st, 2009

Looks Great. I often have wanted to visit Turkey, some beautiful places there

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