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Inscribed Pillar
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View looking north at the south face of the “Inscribed Pillar”—it has texts on all four sides!  This is actually a Lycian pillar–tomb and dates to the fifth century B.C.  It is 13 ft. [4 m.] high!

It is inscribed in Lycian and Greek.  The Lyrcian inscription is 250 lines long and unfortunately is not completely understood.  The Greek portions seem to indicate that this is the tomb of a prince called Kerei.

The remains of the associated funerary chamber are in the Archaeological Museum in Istanbul.

For a detail of a portion of the Lycian Inscription click here.