Olmypos and Lycia
Heaven where nature and history meet!
Olympos Ancient City
According to the believes,the word of Olympus means that ‘’great mountain’’.More than 20 mountains have this name and some cities and towns also.The most famous hill is Thessalian Hill which is located Northeast of Greece and considered the house of Greek Gods.The name of Olympus Ancient City is coming from Tahtalı mountain which known as Olympus Mountain. Tahtali Mountain is far 10 km from north of the city and it has the fire that is never extinguishes which is known as Yanartaş today.
Olympus was one of the most important city in the Lycia civilizations. Foundations of the city’s ancient Helenistic period were built about 300 B.C. Because of the Olympus is a mojor historical site,it is blocked by law to become tourism center.Thus,the natural structure of the region is conserved and Olympus has become a unique natural paradise which is for spend a pleasant time for all visitors.In the most recent,the ancient city was conquered by nature.
Anatolia is known as a cradle of civilisations where many different cultures has flourished since the ancient times. One of most interesting cultures of those, Lycians had lived in about 70 settlements in various sizes on the Teke Peninsula which streches between Fethiye and Antalya in South-West Anatolia. Lycian cities established the earliest democratic federation in the World history during the 4th BC against to Persian invasion when combined their forces. Lycians were also known with their own language, scripts, matriarchal family system, believes and passion for independence and freedom. Therefore they always keep their social proud and honour on top of everything. They even has committed communal suicide for protecting their independence and freedom (read on Persian siege of Xhantos). Earliest written documents about Lycians were found in Hittites archives which were prepared 3500 years ago. It is mentioned that, Lycians supported Hittites against to Egyptians at Kadesh in 1296 BC, which battle was ended with the earliest written peace agreement of World history. Also In Homer’s Legend Iliad, Lycians were told as they supported Trojans against to Greek ancestors; Akhians.