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Myra march 2012 5573.jpg

Myra march 2012 5573.jpg

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There is an astounding group of graves which I did not reach, on a lone outcrop. Very attractive.

Often, Lycian rock cut tombs are carved like the facade of timber Lycian houses with protruding beams (so-called ‘house-type tombs’), usually with one, two or three stories. The imitation of wood is sometimes even carried to the copying of pegs to join the different beams; the tombs then resemble the frontage of houses built solidly of timber with ceilings of unhewn trunks of trees. There is normally a row of round or square beam ends above the door.

Another thing that sets Lycian tombs apart from Hellenistic tradition is that whereas in Hellenistic culture the dead were placed outside liveable areas (often flanking main roads into the cities), Lycian tombs are often integrated right into cities, displaying Lycia's ties with eastern traditions. The Lycians, in effect, were always living with their departed ones.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Source: “Lycian Turkey’ – George E.Bean .

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