Rhodiapolis is located on a hill near the village of Sarıcasu, in the Kumluca district of Antalya. Rhodiapolis is regarded as a city founded by the Rhodesian because of its name. Located very close to Korydalla, Gagai, Phaselis and Olympos is one of the few Rhodes colonies in the region. According to Theopompos, Rhodiapolis receives his name from Rhodos, daughter of Mopsos. This however is no more than the usual eponymous fabrication, and the foundation from Rhodes which the name implies is generally accepted. In the Hellenistic times, the city was part of the colony of the Lycians, as demonstrated by the silver drachmas issued during 167-84 B.C.
The most famous person in the city of Rhodiapolis was Opramoas. The person who lived in Antony Pius period (138-161 AD) was the richest man in Lycia and the most famous philanthropist. There is no city where Opramoas does not help in all of Lycia. In particular, many of the buildings that were destroyed after the quake in 141 AD were repaired by Opramoas. The earliest known ruins in the city are the classic age rock tombs. The inscribed rock tomb in Lykia and the Hellenistic tower in the north of the theatre gives the impression of a Roman city that is dependent on its traditions. However, the majority of the Byzantine-era structures, which have been destroyed in a large part of the ruins. Important remains; Theatre, Hamam, Agora/stoa, sebasteion, temples, churches, cisterns, Kenotaph, Necropolis and residences.The most striking characteristic of the city is the large number of buildings that are still standing, built from small stones with or without mortar. A small theatre with a Greek plan is located in the city centre. The monument-tomb, which is full of inscriptions and is lined up with all the official relations of Opramoas, is located behind the stage building in the south-west of the theatre.
In addition to the cisterns in numerous and varied forms, the water needs of the city and the baths were provided by an aqueduct, which can be seen very little in the North West today. The necropolis of Rhodiapolis is intensified in the east, south-east and north of the city. The most interesting remnant of the necropolis of the tombs of the Roman era is the rock tomb of Kitabeli in Lykia. Also in Rhodiapolis, first known hospital of Lykia is also established in this city and has been operating at that time. The entrance to the Rhodiapolis ancient city is free of charge and updates will be made as needed. While you are here, I would recommend you visit Olympos, Phaselis and Chimaera which are the most historic places nearby. 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.