Telmessos Ancient City

Discover Mugla and visit ancient Telmessos


Ancient City of Telmessos

Telmessos was a largest member of the Lycian Union in antiquity. Today, located in Fethiye district of Mugla, the ancient city of Telmessos is famous with its magnificent rock tombs, ancient theatre and oracles.


Telmessos was a member of the Lycian Union in antiquity. Telmessos, which was the largest city in Lycia, was called Telebehi in the Lycian language. The name of the modern town on the site is Fethiye. The well protected harbour of Telmessos is separated from the Gulf of Fethiye by an island.

The ancient Lycian city of Telmessos is located on 30 km long fertile plain to the south of the Gulf of Fethiye. Because it is situated on the Mediterranean shore, Telmessos is the only place around that has been settled continuously since the day it was founded.

There are a fort, an amphitheatre and rock tombs, dating back to the Roman period. Impressive temples and other constructions are hewn from the cliff face at the site of Telmessos Ancient City.

Do not leave without visiting Telmessos on your trip to Fethiye.

Tomb of King Amyntas

Nowadays Fethiye and its surroundings are very popular holiday destinations, and the city, behind which rises a hill with monumental rock tombs, is unforgettable.

Carved into the rocks, Lycian rock tombs are the symbols of Telmessos Ancient City. The most magnificent and famous one of these tombs is an ancient tomb built in the ancient times with two columns belonging to the King Amyntas (son of Hermepias) and dating back to the 4th century BC. The name of King Amyntas is inscribed on the left column in Lycian language. As you get closer the rock tomb, you admire the greatness of its dimensions.

Ancient Ruins of Telmessos

The ruins of the ancient city of Telmessos, near the modern Turkish town of Fethiye, are among the most impressive historic attractions in Turkey. Surviving to today are rock hewn tombs and a 6000 seat theatre. The theatre was built in the early Roman period and was repaired in the middle of the 2nd century BC. In addition to these, the museum can also be seen.

The basic highlights of the archaeological site;

  • Lycian Rock Tombs.
  • The Tomb of King Amyntas.
  • A 6000 seat ancient theatre.
  • Small but fairly modern Fethiye Museum.
Archaeological Site of Telmessos
Tomb of King Amyntas, Fethiye, Mugla