Streets of the sunken city
Every schoolboy knows that Turkey is a five star Paradise for tourists-hour animation and a total anclosed. And this tourist stereotype somehow lost another face of Turkey – a fabulous land where ancient legends come to life Once Turkey was the first in everything: in the city of Pergamos created the first book, there was the first beauty contest when Paris chose the most beautiful of the three goddesses. Here died down, as the Turks joke, the world’s first “Eurovision”. If you are one of those tourists who are already the second day of vacation on a gorgeous beach boredom seizes, then explore the real Turkey, such as it was 100 and 20 years ago, even before the tourist boom! Go to the sunken city of Kekova, near the town of Demre-Calais. Road serpentine creeps over the sea, and outside the car window on the yellow scorched wastelands mysteriously darken silhouettes of ancient sarcophagi. Local residents believed that after a person dies and is buried in a stone chest, along with the darkness comes the goddess of death and devours the body. We passed Finike , the City of millionaires, which shone with white yachts. And now the town of Demre-Calais, which stretches at the foot of the blue mountains and rocky hills. After desert landscapes decorated porches, houses with red roofs and architectural dominant of the village – white minaret – look bright and fresh. Colorful grandmothers in colorful skirts and plaid scarves carried fish from the shore in large wicker baskets. The boats, like obedient horses, waited for their owners, and everything breathed peace and comfort. In head even thought that it would be nice to live in such a place and life to fish and to sunbathe under the warm sun of Antalya. The waves are swinging boats and yachts – you can choose the watercraft, which is more like it. Excursion from here to Kekova costs about 15 liras, and in a quarter of an hour You will find yourself at the mysterious island. We chose a yacht with a glass bottom, so we had a good look at the sunken city. Feelings cannot be expressed in words. It’s like you’re in a fantasy movie, only cooler than any Hollywood scenery! When eyes get used to underwater twilight, in water outlines of ancient houses, the half-ruined walls appear; here Church, any stone arches, on sidewalks on which more than 15 centuries the foot of the person, some jugs and amphorae lie. Diving in this place is strictly prohibited, so as not to damage the unique archaeological site, so touch the dead city can only fish. Our boat went further along the island, and the colorful bushes underwater vegetation could be seen sprouting, which already lead nowhere, and only the waves of the sea are shining up their surface. There is no wish to speak loudly, such impression that it is not the dead city, and any sleepy Kingdom and it is necessary to shout loudly or to speak as someone will Wake up there… If you look at the underwater city for a long time, it becomes creepy. It is strange that there are still not filmed a movie about a global disaster or monsters from the past. The feeling of numbness subsides only when we finally dive into the warm waters in the nearby picturesque Bay.