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PATARA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

PATARA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
Kas, Turkey
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BACKGROUND

Wide, protective sandy beaches and a deep Mediterranean bay helped make Patara the wealthy capital of the Lycian-Pamphylian province during the Roman Empire. Those same attributes have attracted developers who today are eager to exploit this portion of the southern Turkish coast. Patara itself has so far resisted tourist development but hotels have been built on its periphery. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Patara was included in the 1998 World Monuments Watch and, following a technical mission in 2000, WMF supported the stabilization of the Corinthian temple on the site. The second-century building had been incorporated as a bastion of the city wall erected in the Byzantine period. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Corinthian temple is the best-preserved building of its kind in the region and is an important reminder of Patara’s past. With the cella walls over 20 feet, the temple is one of the largest ancient Roman enclosures still surviving.