Tomb of Amyntas, Turkey

The privilege and gift of travel is the exposure to a world of learning and wonder at the endeavours of humanity.  In 2006 we spent a glorious month exploring the south west and west coasts of Turkey.  We based ourselves in Fethiye for the first part where we stayed with friends in their holiday apartment.  Fethiye is located on the site of the Ancient Greek city of Telmessos and the Tomb of Amyntas is on the southern side of the city hewn into the base of the mountainside.

Lycean tomb of Amyntas, Fethiye

The ancient Lycians liked to live with their dead nearby so they could visit them.  There isn’t a lot of information about the other tombs on this mountainside apart from that of Amyntas who would have been a person of some importance given his tomb is placed above others in the cliff face.


It is hard to imagine the ingenuity, or was it genius, that built these tombs let alone the energy it must have taken.  What are the odds of something constructed in the 21st century remaining to be marvelled at in centuries to come?  We have technology beyond anything the ancients could have imagined yet their engineering feats remain.  I wonder if ours will stand the test of time.   I feel the odds are against us


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