BELDIBI CAVE

Beldibi Cave is a rock-bottom sanctuary near the exit point of the Çamdağ tunnel, about 40th kilometres of the Antalya-Kemer coastline road. Beldibi cave is located on a rocky elevation limestone lying towards the sea, it is located almost at the seaside, about 100 meters away from the sea and 25 meters high. Beldibi Cave is the most important natural protected area in Göynük region. Archaeological studies have revealed that Beldibi cave was used as a sanctuary. The Beldibi cave is visited by millions of local and foreign tourists every year.

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Beldibi cave was first discovered by Enver Yaşar Bostancı in 1956 and the most important feature of the rock shelter is the presence of pictures on rock walls. Most of these paintings were made with red iron oxide paint. The engraving dating to the upper Palaeolithic age is a deer figure with a few lines added to the natural scratches on the rock surface. The statue, which is found in Beldibi cave, is the oldest statue found in Turkey, which is processed on both sides of the sandstones and formed a fish figure. Beldibi cave, Upper Palaeolithic, Epipaleolithic and Neolithic (Stone Age periods), it was used as a shelter and dormitory place by hunters who lived. As a result of the archaeological excavations, 6 layers reflecting the transition phases from Mesolithic and Mesolithic to Neolithic were found. It has been determined that the 4th, 5th and 6th layers belong to the upper Palaeolithic period. Among the findings are white limestone and sea animals shells, narrow-mouthed vessels. There were also plenty of tools and artefacts made of lighter stone. These include micro pens, handles, knives with handles and arrowheads, sickles and knives. It has been proved that the communities living in Beldibi cave were hunters and collectors, but they also harvested wild grains around them with sickle and knives as found in other findings. This Mesolithic period, which is missing from the Karain store, is complemented by the Beldibi cave.

There is no entrance fee for Beldibi cave. To reach Beldibi Cave from Antalya, you must first go to Antalya Bus station. From there, you must find the minibus leading to the Kemer. After about an hour of travel, you would be in Kemer. Beldibi cave is about 20 km away from Kemer centre. It is not possible to reach Beldibi cave by car. You can only be visited by boats or if you’re crazy enough, you can swim few hundred meters off from the beach and go into the cave. On the Google map at the bottom of the page, we tried to pinpoint the exact location of the Beldibi Cave. It doesn’t appear on Google’s map right now. No need to worry, after reaching Kemer, whoever you ask will show you. As of the beginning of 2019, we will create separate videos for each destination on our YouTube account. If you subscribe to our channel, you will not miss our videos. In addition, we will soon share photos from our Pinterest and Facebook accounts. If you have any information you would like to add to the contents of this page, please contact us. Thank you in advance.

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