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Pinara (ancient city)

The beautiful site of Pinara was one of the three major cities in the Xanthos valley and one of the six principal cities of Lycia.  The settlement at Pinara existed as early as the 5th century BC. It was probably founded as an extension of the overpopulated Xanthos. According to Manecrates, a 4th century BC historian, the leaders of Xanthos felt their city was overpopulated and so they split the city into three groups, settling one at Pinara.  It is the site of more than 900 rock tombs and monolithic house tombs. Pinara is known as the first place in which beauty contests have been held. It gained importance due to a sanctuary that was built and devoted to the goddess Aphrodite.

In the Lycian Federation Pinara was one of the six cities with the most voting power. It became the centre of the bishopric in the Byzantine era but declined in importance and was abandoned in the 9th century AD.

There is no other Lycian site quite like Pinara with its untouched, gorgeous mountain setting of fragrant pines, ancient olive trees, wildflowers, thyme-scented breezes and its stunning view over the Xanthos valley. I've read that the Pinara area looks much like southern California.

Rock tombs of Pinara

Statue of the Goddess Aphrodite

Xanthos Valley