Myra in Lycia, and other places

Myra was a town of Lycia about 85 miles from Antalya, Turkey (biblical Attalia, Acts 14:25). The town is located a few miles away from the Mediterranean, but has a port at nearby Andriake. When Paul was being escorted by a Roman centurion from Caesarea Maritima to Rome, the ship sailed along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, and landed at Myra in Lycia (Acts 27:5). There they found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy.

Whether Paul was close enough to see any of Myra we do not know. There are several interesting things that could have been seen. My only previous visit to Myra was in 1987. I mention this to say that it was before the days of digital photos. One of the reasons to come back was to make digital photos.

Here is a photo of the house-type tombs in the rock cliffs at Myra dating from the 4th century B.C.

Fourth century rock cut tombs at Myra, Turkey. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Fourth century rock cut tombs at Myra, Turkey. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

In the past two days we have also visited Patara, Bodrum (the Mausoleum of King Mausolus of Caria), and Xanatos. In addition, we have learned much more about the travel conditions on sea and land during our travels.

Last evening we were unable to access the Internet, but tonight we have a nice signal at our hotel near Patara. Tomorrow will be a traveling day as we move from the Mediterranean coast to the Black Sea coast of Turkey.

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