Photographer's Note

This is a photograph of a Lycian rock tomb in Fethiye, South-Western Turkey.

This type of burial chamber - cut into the rock face - is typical of the ancient province of Lycia, which is equivalent to the part of modern Turkey which falls under an imaginary line drawn from Marmaris to Antalya.

This tomb is in the rocks at the back of the town of Fethiye. The tombs here date from 4th Century BC, and there are several others in and around the area. This tomb is by far the grandest and most elaborate, and was used for the burial of King Amyntas (the tombs for lesser people are smaller and less decorated). A carving form the rocks like this could take as long as 100 years to complete, and once done the king would have been laid to rest inside, and his servant would seal the body inside. As the Lycians believed in an afterlife and it was the servant's honour to continue to serve in this life, the servant would then close the outside of the tomb and seal himself in there to die, with no food, water or air.

To give an impression of sizem you can see 2 people sat at the bottom in between the middle 2 pillars.

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