Timiussa (today Üçağiz)




Lycian sarcophagi in the Eastern Necropolis  

Timiussa, today Üçağiz, was an ancient Lycian city in the Bay of Kekova. Except for the Eastern necropolis with its countless Lycian sarcophagi, not many buildings have survived. The remains of Roman baths and the foundation walls of a Hellenistic fortress are noteworthy.


Hellenistic fortress building  



Timiussa (also Teimiussa), protected in the bay of Kekova, is one of the best explored smaller ports on the Lycian coast. The port was also used by the ancient city of Kyaneai, to which it was connected by a road used by pack animals. It mainly served as a port city for Tyberissos, an inaccessible mountain settlement 4 km away.




Remains of a residential house  

The industrial estate above the port was designed for fish processing, and the products reached Rome from Teimiussa. This and the 50 partly richly decorated sarcophagi preserved to this day, as well as the quality of the Roman buildings, suggest a considerable prosperity of a considerable population. The sarcophagus inscriptions testify to a multitude of citizens of other Lycian cities found their last resting places here. Seamen and even citizens of Selge in Pisidia were also buried here. The oldest sarcophagi date from the 4th century BC.


Byzantine Basilica  

In Byzantine times a basilica and a smaller church were built in Timiussa. The place was apparently inhabited by fishermen throughout. Today Üçağiz, as the settlement is called today, lives almost entirely from tourism. Meanwhile boat trips start from here to Kaleköy, to the island Kekova and to the ancient city Aperlai in one of the neighbouring bays. The Lycian hiking trail, the "Likya Yolu", passes through here, so that Üçağiz became a popular destination for hikers, where they can rest, wash their clothes and freshen up their food supplies.










Timiussa seen from the sea


On the offshore island there are remains of buildings and traces of early Hellenistic rooms hewn from the rocks. These islands used to belong to the mainland. Due to occupied coastal subsidence, triggered by the pressure of the African continental plaice, the densely populated area behind the island of Kekova, which was still in Byzantine times, was lowered by several metres, so that today several remains of buildings are below sea level. The best example is the so-called sunken city opposite the Simena peninsula. This is a Byzantine shipyard, correctly referred to by the local Turks as Tersane (shipyard).


You can reach Timiussa or Üçağiz via the national road D400 from Antalya to Fethiye. Coming from Antalya, about 6 km after leaving Demre, there is a road to Çerevli and Üçağiz on the left. The distance to Çerevli village is 12 km, and from there another 3 km to Üçağiz Coming from Fethiye, approx. 13 km after Kaş a road to Kılınçlı and Üçağiz branches off on the right. Up to Kılınçlı there are almost 9 km to cover on a scenic and varied road. From Kılınçlı follow the road for 7.5 km to the village of Çerevli, from where Üçağiz can be reached after another 3 km.

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