Wednesday, May 14, 2014

TURKEY ~Xanthos - UNESCO ~

One of the many wonderful Turkish ancient sites...Thanks a lot Onder!!

With nice stamp:
13th Istanbul Biennial celebrated
(Issued 17.09.2013)

This site, which was the capital of Lycia, illustrates the blending of Lycian traditions and Hellenic influence, especially in its funerary art. The epigraphic inscriptions are crucial for our understanding of the history of the Lycian people and their Indo-European language.
It was made famous to the Western world in the 19th century by its British discoverer Charles Fellows. It is very old - finds date back to the 8th century BC, but it is possible that the site may have existed during the Bronze Age or during the first centuries of the Iron Age.

The site has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988.

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