Arsada

23rd, 2012
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The ancient city of Arsada is behind the Xanthos Valley and fairly high up, on a hill that was formerly called Mount Massicytus and now known as Akdağ. The city is on a high plateau on the side of the mountain. It is about 900 metres above the sea level and there are no roads leading to it. It is near the village of Arsa, which can be reached from a steep and long path from the village of Kayadibi.
Just to the west of the village is a long low hill. On the eastern side of the hill, where it slopes at a right angel into the valley, there is a wall built of 2.5 metres thick stones. Some 300 metres of the wall is fairly stable. On the northern edge of the wall there is a nine metre square structure that was either a tower or a small castle. This castle, believed to be from the Hellenistic period, is made of carefully placed polygonal stone blocks.
There are not much left from the city itself but there are many Lycian type tombs in and around it. Most are in the Gothic raised style but unfortunately these have been destroyed. There is at least one house type tomb and many stones that were carved have inscriptions on them. A bit above the village there is the path leading north and next to it there is a 2.5 metres high rock that has a relief of a man mounted on horse.

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