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Letoon

Was the sacred cult centre of Lycia, its most important sanctuary, and was dedicated to the three national deities of Lycia - Leto and her twin children Apollo and Artemis. Leto was also worshiped as a family deity and as the guardian of the tomb.

Letoon lies less than 10 km to the south of Xanthos on a fertile plain. Xanthos and Letoon are often seen as a "double-site", since the two were closely linked and Letoon was administered by Xanthos.


Temple of Leto - Letoon

Letoon is a romantic site and many of the monuments arise from still water which provides lush vegetation. Terrapins and frogs are usually seen in abundance. Unfortunately though, the high water table hinders excavation.   According to a legend told by Ovid the Latin poet, the nymph Leto was loved by Zeus and gave birth to her twins fathered by him, Artemis and Apollo on the island of Delos. Zeus' jealous wife Hera pursued Leto and chased her with the twins to Anatolia where she came to the place of Letoon. Here she tried to quench her thirst at a spring but local shepherds attempted to chase her from the water - until she turned them into frogs in retaliation. Another story gives the twins' birthplace as the source of the Xanthos River and another story says that wolves helped her find the Xanthos River. In gratitude she named the country Lycia: Lykos is Greek for wolf.

Goddess Leto and her

Children Apollo and Artemis

During Roman Times, the Emperor Hadrian founded an emperor worship cult at the site. Christianity later replaced pagan beliefs and in the 5th century AD a church was built using stones from the old temples.

Letoon  features are: Temples of which there are 3, temple of Leto, temple of Apollo and the temple of Artemis from the 4th and 5th centuries BC.  There is also a nymphaion, basilica, amphitheatre, Porticoes and tombs.

Amphitheatre  - Letoon

Emperor Hadrian

Nymphaion  - Letoon

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