Lost city in forest unearthed in Antalya's Demre
ANTALYA - Doğan News Agency
Workers cut the bush and reed, and pruned the trees during 30 days of work to unearth the western part of the ancient city of Andriake in Demre. DHA photoThe western part of the ancient city of Andriake, previously unattainable due to its remote location surrounded by trees and bush, has been unearthed and cleaned. The ancient city is five kilometers away from the southern province of Antalya’s Demre district and was one of the important Lycian ports.
Archaeology teams have always worked in the eastern part of the ancient city and they cleaned the western part for the first time in September. Works unearthed the never-seen-before part of the ancient city.
Works carried out under the leadership of the Antalya Museum restorer Serkan Akçay, lasted 30 days. Nine workers cut the bush and reeds and pruned the trees. The 300-meter-long and 50-meter-wide ancient city was revealed in the end of works, and arched structures, a church building and city walls from the Roman and Byzantine period came to light.
Antalya Museum Director Mustafa Demirel said that scientists knew about the western part of the ancient city but had not seen it. He said that Demre was visited by 600,000 people every year and it had gained a new tourist attraction. “The ancient city gained a new appearance for those visiting the Kekova region and Çayağzı Port. The underground richness here will also be unearthed,” he said.