Olympos Ancient City

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Ancient City of Olympos

Olympos Ancient City is located within the borders of Kemer town in Antalya province of the Mediterranean region in Turkey. Olympos, which was a member of the Lycian Union, was a maritime trading city.


The ancient city of Olympos is situated on the sea shore, close to Cirali, Kumluca, 70 km from Antalya, on the southern side of Tahtali Mountain.

Olympos, which was a member of the Lycian Union, was a maritime trading city. Just like its neighbour Phaselis, it was saved by the Roman Commander Isauricus, after falling in the hands of pirates.

There are lots of Roman and Byzantine remains in the ancient city of Olympos that you can visit. Where the ancient city is spread there are numerous springs that have cold, drinkable water. These waters have caused the area to be covered in many types of herbs. However, this overgrown vegetation can cause one to miss some of the historical sites in the area. Olympos Ancient City should not only be viewed in respect to the historical remains but also should be seen in respect to its rich variety of vegetation.

Archaeological Site

The temple gate, the theatre, the southern and northern necropolis, the necropolis church, the entrance complex, the alcestis sarcophagus, the monumental graves of the harbour, the harbour basilica, the southern slope settlement, the bathhouse with mosaic pavements and the agora that have reached today from ancient times, are the important structures worth to see. The city walls and towers in the bay are from the Middle Age.

Temple Gate: The most interesting structure is the gate of the temple that is located on the south of Akcay River.

Olympos Theatre: The theatre, located in the southern city was built on the northern slope of the hill, has a capacity of around 5000 seat.

Necropolis Church: Necropolis Church is located in the northwest of the ancient city divided into two by the river.

Acropolis Hill: The view from the 50 m high acropolis is also very beautiful.

UNESCO Tentative List

Ancient City of Olympos, which was included on the UNESCO Tentative List in 2009, is one of the outstanding universal values of Turkey.

  • Official Name: Ancient Cities of Lycian Civilization
  • Architectural Type: Ancient City
  • Date of Submission: 2009
  • Category: Cultural
  • Reference: 5408
  • Location: Antalya, Turkey
Ancient City of Olympos, Antalya
Olympos Bathhouse, Kemer, Antalya