The ancient city of Korydalla was established on and around two low hills just west of Kumluca, only 2 km southeast of Rhodiapolis. It is thought that Korydalla formed a triple sympolitea together with Rhodiapolis and the coastal city of Gagai. Korydalla was the leader of this sympolitea. The city was first identified by Spratt and Forbes in 1842 and has almost no structural remnants left today. There is no trace of the many buildings that appeared in the settlement plan prepared by Spratt. George Bean notes that in 1952, he personally witnessed the removal and transportation of stones from the ruins by trucks, to be used as building materials in nearby settlements. The coins bearing the name of Korydalla and all the inscriptions found in the city belong to the Roman period. The few identifiable structures that have survived to the present day consist of a cistern, a water channel and a few rock tombs.


Başgelen, N. (ed.) 2005. Lycian Journal 1892 – Ernst Krickl, Archaeology and Art Publication, İstanbul.
Bean, G. E. 1997. Eskiçağda Likya Bölgesi, çev. H. Kökten, İstanbul.
Çevik, N. 2021. Lykia Kitabı: Arkeolojisi, Tarihi ve Kültürüyle Batı Antalya, Türk Tarih Kurumu, Ankara.
Spratt, T. A. B. & E. Forbes. 1847. Travels in Lycia, Milyas and Cibyratis, London.

Image sources:
T. A. B. Spratt & E. Forbes, 1847
N. Başgelen, 2005
Bora Bilgin, 2023
Tayfun Bilgin, 2023
Reha Özer, 2023