Ancient city of Myra

Ancient city of Myra

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Caption: Myra, an ancient Greek town in Lycia in present day Antalya, Turkey. The ruins of the Lycian and Roman town are mostly covered by aluvial silts. The Acropolis on the Demre plateau, the Roman theatre and the Roman baths have been partly excavated. There are two necroplois' of Lycian rock-cut tombs in the form of temple fronts carved into the vertical faces of the cliffs at Myra. Andriake was the harbour of Myra in classical times, but silted up later on. The main structure that survives to the present day is a granary (horrea) built during the reign of Roman Emperor Hadrian (117 - 138 CE). Beside this granary is a large heap of murex shells, evidence that Andriake was very invovled in the production purple dye.

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