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Contents / In the bosom of the rocks Hoyran

Hoyran, a city of Lycia, one of the oldest civilizations in Anatolia, is scored with traces of the past left behind on the rocks...

It's twilight, the sun has just set. My surroundings turn a shade of purplish pink in the gentle breeze. I gaze out on the breathtaking Mediterranean landscape from the lofty terrace where I've pitched my tent. Cape Gelidonya, Andriake (Cayagzi) harbor, Gokkaya cove, Kekova island, Kale (Simena), Üçagiz (Teimioussa) and Sicak peninsula...
We are at Hoyran, a town settled by the Lycians, one of the oldest peoples of Anatolia, famed for their love of freedom, with a history dating back to 3000 B.C. According to antiquity researcher Bilge Umar, the name of the site, which is perched on a rise overlooking the Mediterranean, means 'land of the mother goddess'. A portion of the ruins, which tell the millennia-old story of the ancient city, are inextricably intertwined today with the village houses. 'Grain silos' in the shape of Lycian tombs,

 
 
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