The ancient ruins are located 3 km south-southeast of the city of Idebessos. Akalissos was the leader of the sympolitea founded together with the cities of Idebessos and Korma in the Lycian League and minted coins under its own name, but the existing remains are not rich enough to reveal a city of this size. The ruins that Forbes and Spratt identified on their 1842 expedition were in pretty bad condition even then. However, it was possible to read the name of the city on one of the tomb inscriptions. There is no building whose function has been identified. The best preserved structures are the tombs. Apart from a few sarcophagi with inscriptions dating to the Roman Period, there are a few simple rock tombs, but none of them are in Lycian style.


Çevik, N. 2021. Lykia Kitabı: Arkeolojisi, Tarihi ve Kültürüyle Batı Antalya, Türk Tarih Kurumu, Ankara.

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Bora Bilgin, 2023