To the summit of Güllük Dağı, Termessos, again

This is another of Semra’s, Bülent’s, and my covid day trips. It was on this excursion that we looked across at Darım Dağı and decided to climb it a week or so later. On this day, however, our goal was to get to the top of Güllük Dağı. I had been there before, but it was the first time for Semra and Bülent. What this meant was that I was supposed to sort of act as the guide, but finding the best way to get through all the bushes in the gully between the old Roman baths and the base of Güllük mountain isn’t really all that easy. We ended up with a bit of bushwhacking on the way there and found a cleaner route on the return — sort of what happened to us on Darım a week or so later. 🙂

Here’s the Termessos theater looking straight across at it. We’re moving away from the theater and are in the middle of the aforementioned bushwhacking section.

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A little over an hour later we were on the summit looking down at the theater.

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What’s always amazing about Termessos are the sarcaphogi (lahitler) scattered about all over the place. We came across these when making our way down from the summit back toward the theater.

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A couple casual hours (which included a lunch stop and lots of photo stops) after the summit we arrived at the theater.

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It was still early so we decided we had time to head up and climb around more sarcophagi.

If I recall correctly, there’s a sign indicating this is a temple of some sort:

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and this is a Roman finger board:

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Into the necropolis:

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You get the idea. I have many more sarcophagus photos on flickr.

To break things up we found an arch:

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and a bit later we found the horse relief that I had failed to find the last couple times I was at Termessos looking for it:

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There are a few buildings still standing here and there at Termessos

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but of course we ended the day with a more stone graves:

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Termessos is great. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve visited, but I’ve enjoyed every day I’ve spent wandering around up there.

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