Lycian Beliefs

The ornate facade to ancient Lycian tombs can be found carved into the side of a Turkish mountain. The Lycians were an ancient people who lived in the area that is today Turkey. They settled between the Antalya and Fethiye Bays. The Lycians had a belief that their dead were carried to the afterlife by magical winged creatures. This was the reason that when someone died they placed their body upon a cliff to await the arrival of these winged creatures.

The Lycian tombs date back to the 4th century and have many entryways that are decorated with tall Romanesque columns and intricate reliefs. Due to the years passing and weather conditions, some of the older tombs have become unremarked holes dug into the rock. Today these rooms are mostly empty because of hundreds of years of looting.


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