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Myra was an ancient Greek town in Lycia, at one time even its capital. First time it was mentioned in the 1st century BC, when it is said to be one of the six leading cities of the Lycian Union (the other five were Xanthos, Tlos, Pinara, Patara and Olympos). Anyway, it is believed to date back much further. Myra was mostly abandoned by the 11th century probably due to the combination of the terrible plague that swept through Anatolia when Myra lost one-third of its population, Muslim raids, flooding and earthquakes.
The city is well known for its amphitheatre (the largest in Lycia) and the plethora of rock-cut tombs in the form of temple fronts carved in an asymmetric pattern in the cliffs above the theatre. Most of the tombs are from the 4th century BC, and many contain funeral scenes in relief with some scenes portraying the daily life of the deceased.
Photo shows rock-cut tombs of the ancient necropolis and was taken from the amphitheatre. I like this photo because of the human element - as far as I know, it is not possible to visit the tombs and the guy on the photo was probably doing some kind of research since most of the time we were there he was sitting in front of one of the tombs doing sketches.

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