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A hotel in Olympos is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Olympos hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Olympos are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Olympos hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Olympos hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Olympos have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Olympos
An upscale full service hotel facility in Olympos that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Olympos hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Full service Olympos hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

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Boutique hotels of Olympos are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Olympos boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Olympos may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Olympos travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Olympos focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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Small to medium-sized Olympos hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Olympos traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Olympos hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Olympos
A bed and breakfast in Olympos is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Olympos bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Olympos B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Olympos
Olympos hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Olympos hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Olympos
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Olympos hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Olympos lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Olympos
Olympos timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Olympos often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Olympos on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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A Olympos motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Olympos for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Olympos motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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This article is about the ancient city in Lycia. For other uses, see Olympus.
Roman Temple, probably of Marcus Aurelius according to an inscription found on a statue base erected in his honour, Olympos, Turkey (9657207688).jpg
Ruins of a Roman Temple at Olympos
Olympos (Lycia) is located in Turkey
Olympos (Lycia)
Shown within Turkey
Location Çıralı, Antalya Province, Turkey
Region Lycia
Coordinates  / 36.39667; 30.47306  / 36.39667; 30.47306
Type Settlement
Site notes
Ownership Public
Website Olympos Archaeological Site (Turkish)

Olympos (Greek: Ὄλυμπος; Latin: Olympus) was an ancient city in Lycia. It was situated in a river valley near the coast. Its ruins are located south of the modern town Çıralı in the Kumluca district of Antalya Province, Turkey. Together with the sites of the ancient cities Phaselis and Idyros it is part of the Olympos Beydaglari National Park. The perpetual gas fires at Yanartaş are found a few kilometers to the northwest of the site.

Olympos (Lycia): History

The ruins of the bathhouse are seen on the other side of the river
A street of the ancient city
Sarcophagus of captain Eudemos

The exact date of the city's foundation is unknown. A wall and an inscription on a sarcophagus have been dated to the end of the 4th century BC, so Olympus must have been founded at the latest in the Hellenistic period. The city presumably taking its name from nearby Mount Olympos (Turkish: Tahtalı Dağı, Timber Mountain), one of over twenty mountains with the name Olympos in the Classical world.

The city was a member of the Lycian League, but it is uncertain when it joined the League. It started minting Lycian League coins from the end of the second century BC, possibly the 130s. At this time Olympos was one of the six largest cities of the League, which possessed three votes each.

Around 100 BC Olympos started issuing its own coins separate from the League. At this point the Cilician pirates had taken control of the city, either through conquest or profitable collaboration with the inhabitants. As a consequence the city abandoned the League or was evicted from it. The pirate chief Zenicetes made it his stronghold from where he controlled the rest of his possessions, which included Corycus, Phaselis and many other places in Pamphylia. His rule ended in 78 BC, when the Roman commander Publius Servilius Isauricus, accompanied by the young Julius Caesar, captured Olympos and his other territories after a victory at sea. At his defeat Zenicetes set fire to his own house and perished. At the time of the Roman conquest Olympus was described by Cicero as a rich and highly decorated city. Olympos then became part of the Roman Republic. The emperor Hadrian visited the city after which it took the name of Hadrianopolis for a period, in his honour.

Olympos is missing from the Stadiasmus Patarensis and the Stadiasmus Maris Magni. However, both include the already mentioned Corycus, which is described in ancient sources as a port of some significance. There is no evidence that Olympus was a maritime city prior to the 2nd century AD. On this basis Mustafa Adak has argued that Olympos was initially founded on Mount Olympus, which he identifies as Musa Dağı instead of Tahtalı Dağı. In his theory, the Romans destroyed Olympos, after which the population moved to Corycus, and the name of Corycus was changed to Olympos when Hadrian visited the city in 131 AD.

In the Middle Ages, Venetians, Genoese and Rhodians built two fortresses along the coast, but by the 15th century Olympos had been abandoned. Today the site attracts tourists, not only for the artifacts that can still be found (though fragmentary and widely scattered), but also for its scenic landscapes supporting wild grapevines, flowering oleander, bay trees, figs and pines.

Olympos (Lycia): Bishopric

Olympus became a Christian bishopric, a suffragan of the metropolitan see of Myra, the capital of the Roman province of Lycia. Its earliest recorded bishop was Saint Methodius of Olympus, whose service at the head of church in Olympus extended from the late 3rd century to his martyrdom in about 311. Aristocritus was at the Council of Ephesus in 431 and the Council of Chalcedon in 451. Anatolius was a signatory of the joint letter that the bishops of Lycia sent in 458 to Byzantine Emperor Leo I the Thracian regarding the murder of Proterius of Alexandria. Ioannes took part in the synod convoked in 536 by Patriarch Menas of Constantinople.

No longer a residential bishopric, Olympus is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.

Olympos (Lycia): Layout

Olympos (Lycia): Modern Times

Çamoda Peak, a peak of Omurga, as seen from the valley past the ruins

Olympos is now a popular tourist area. The ruins of the ancient city end in a valley that holds numerous pensions and guest houses. The valley is bound on the water side by Mount Omurga.

Olympos (Lycia): See also

  • List of Lycian place names
  • Lycian Way

Olympos (Lycia): References

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  8. Michel Lequien, Oriens christianus in quatuor Patriarchatus digestus, Paris 1740, Vol. I, coll. 975-978
  9. Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig 1931, p. 449
  10. Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 Buy book ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 944

Olympos (Lycia): Sources

Olympos (Lycia): Further reading

  • Official website (Turkish)
  • Entry in The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites
  • Map of the antique Olympos
  • Photos from the ruins
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