Xanthos and Letoon

Dating back to 7th / 8th century BC., Xanthos-Letoon is an archeological site consisting of two separate locations that represent Lycian civilization.

Xanthos was the name of an ancient city in Lycia. It was a center of culture and commerce for the Lycians. The archeological excavations in Xanthos have yielded several texts in Lycian and Greek including many bilingual texts.

The sanctuary of Leto called Letoon near Xanthos, was one of the most important religious centers of Lycia. The foundations of the Hellenistic temple which are dedicated to Leto and her children, Artemis and Apollo, have been excavated.

Xanthos and Letoon are often seen as a double-site because they were closely linked and Letoon was administered by Xanthos. Letoon was the sacred cult center of Lycia, located less than 10 km to the south of Xanthos. 
Xanthos-Letoon is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Turkey and it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.