CASTLE'S VILLAGE - SEPTEMBER 2008
Kaleköy, «Castle's village», in Turkish, known as Simena in ancient Lycia, is now a village of the Demre district in the Antalya Province, located on the Mediterranean coast. The ancient Simena was once made of two parts - an island (known as Kekova) and a coastal part of the mainland (Kaleköy). From inscriptions that have been found, we know that the history of the ancient city of Simena goes back to the 4th century BC.
"ON THE WAY - From Cayagzi, the harbor of Demre"
"CASTLE - The village is overlooked by a Byzantine castle, built in the Middle Age by the Knights of Rhodes, partially upon ancient Lycian foundations, to fight the pirates nested in Kekova"
"YACHT HARBOUR - A bit too empty these days..."
"I LIKE THE SUMMER..."
"SINGER/SULTAN - You'll probably need to enlarge the picture to see how Sultan looks like Singer..."
"VIEW - Inside the castle there is the smallest of theatres among the cities of Lycia, carved into the rock, with a capacity of about 300 people, a sign that this was a minor settlement in Roman times"
"BAY - Looking from the castle it becomes clear how a natural safe harbour this is. The actual shelter for yachts was Teimiussa (Ucagiz), a landlocked bay surrounded by green hills"
"NECROPOLIS - At the eastern end of the village is a Lycian necropolis with a cluster of some very nice sarcophagi overlooking the sea and surrounded by ancient olive trees"