The beauties of nature are like patches of heaven on earth.
Surrounded by natural beauty, this temple lies smack
in the middle of the road connecting Xanthos, ancient
Lycia’s greatest city, to the sea, just above
the shore where the blue of the sea meets the blue
of the sky. Known today as Kumluova, it is one of
Turkey’s most popular touristic spots between
Kas and Fethiye, where the silence of the meadows
is broken only by the sounds of birds and frogs.
The gleaming white fragments of the Hellenistic columns
hewn from fine marble have been lying there in the
water for longer than anyone can know. A foundation
wall completely covered in decorations, rows of stone
and friezes with figures in the shape of date palm
branches...A roof gutter whose spouts are shaped like
heads of lions, column drums...All lie there scattered
indifferently in the water. According to researchers,
the fragments must have absorbed water since they
all toppled forward into it.In all probability it
was also the water, regarded as sacred in antiquity,
that saved them.