Why Phaselis must be preserved

From Francis Russell, author of Places in Turkey

By Francis Russell | February 14, 2014

Phaselis with its twin ports is among the most atmospheric of classical sites in Turkey. And it seems incomprehensible that a development of so substantial a kind should be permitted whether within the site of the ancient city or in its immediate vicinity, when other much less sensitive sites are available in the area.

Elsewhere in the Mediterranean such a project would be taken as evidence of either deep corruption or gross incompetence in the administration of the planning system. Turkey owes it to itself to preserve the integrity of a magical site within a millipark which is already popular with tourists and should be regarded as a most precious and irreplaceable asset for the future.

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