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Korydalla  

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.

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The city of Korydalla was once built on and around these two hills. The two hills of Korydalla, from the south. The city of Rhodiapolis is visible on the hill in the background. The ruins on and around the northern hill are clearly visible in this old photo. None of these ruins have survived to the present day. The remaining part of the aquaduct of the city. The Lycian type rock tomb on the northern hill. The two rock tombs are located on another small hill to the north of the Korydalla hills.




References:
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



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