We’re still in Sidyma this week, discovering a few more of its gems.
If you do go to Sidyma the best way to see what remains is to stand in the village square with the mosque at your back and take the lane leading from the square on the right past the abandoned pensiyon.
It’s very rocky and not easy to walk on so make sure you wear good shoes/boots.
A short way down the lane you’ll see the above Hellenistic doorways in someone’s back garden with no clues by way of signage to tell you what they are.
We’ve failed to identify them despite copious research in books and on the web. If anyone can help please let us know.
Further down the lane and to the right across a newly-sown field (we tiptoed along troughs to avoid angering villagers) is the above building which Freely assures us is an ancient mausoleum.
Not far away there are a pair of unusual Lycian sarcophagi with inscriptions that name the occupants as a father and son both named Arustodemus.
There is no entry fee to visit Sidyma and, as we said earlier, it’s a great place to picnic – you could even munch your sandwiches at the entrance to an ancient mausoleum.