The ancient metropolis of Patara on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast fascinates guests with traces of historical past and the tales of individuals who as soon as lived there.
Located in the Kaş district of southwestern Antalya province, Patara is named the capital of the ancient Lycian civilization, which passed off in the center of the first century B.C. and was made up of 23 cities.
Chief excavator Havva Işkan Işık of Akdeniz University instructed Anadolu Agency (AA) that well-known names from historical past incessantly set foot in Patara. Işık stated the first vital particular person to come back to the metropolis was Tudhaliya IV, the king of the Hittite Empire.
Alexander the Great, she added, wished to grab Patara harbor after conquering Lycia, and throughout excavations bronze projectiles with the phrases “belonging to Alexander” have been discovered.
“There have been traces of hearth round the sling bullets, so we perceive that the garrison resisted Alexander the Great, who conquered the majority of Lycia with out preventing,” Işık stated.
The pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy II Philadelphus, was additionally amongst those that cherished Patara, she stated.
“The well-known Carthaginian common Hannibal fled Rome and took refuge in Patara. Pontic King Mithradates VI, a well-known enemy of the Roman Republic from Anatolia, additionally set foot in Patara,” Işık stated, including that Julius Caesar’s murderer Marcus Junius Brutus additionally lived in Patara.
She stated St. Nicholas, also called Santa Claus, was born and lived on this ancient pure harbor. “While all the names I’ve talked about got here to Patara afterward, it was Nicholas’ birthplace,” she stated.
Cem Sultan, the son of Sultan Mehmed II who misplaced a long-running rivalry for the throne towards his brother Bayezid II, was one of the final vital names that got here to Patara, the archaeologist stated.
Patara harbor was the middle and focus of many wars, which is why the metropolis is traditionally vital,” Işık famous.