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After posting the necropolis of Hierapolis, I thought of this exceptional one too.
Myra was founded in the 5th century BC, the most important city of Lycia, an antique city in what is now Antalya, very near the modern city of Demre, once the home of St Nicholas .
Nowadays, it's especially famous for its necropolis of Lycian rock-cut tombs in the form of temple fronts carved into the vertical faces of the cliffs.
When I took this picture, it was midday !!! Que calor !!! But we were listening to the guide in the shade thank goodness !
We were facing the necropolis to the left as you can see and the theatre to the right (WS4 and WS1), built in the 2nd century AD in Greek and Roman styles.
It was richly decorated by many sculptures of masks like the one in the foreground. They represented theatrical scenes and mythological figures.

WS6 : A more complete view of the rock-cut tombs.
WS5 : The permanent residents of the necropolis.
WS4 : View taken from the same place as on the main post,but focusing to the right on the theatre in the background.
WS3 : Another one of the many sculptures, once part of the theatre decoration.
WS2 : Yet another series of theatrical masks.
WS1 : The theatre







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