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Like most Lycian cities, Isinda was founded on a rocky slope. It is situated near the village of Belenli, which is reached by exiting the Kas-Finike road at Agullu, 8 kilometers outside of Kas. The ruins are a short walk from Belenli, and lie to the west of the village. You can take some of t volunteer village kids along for your walkabout.

Isinda was rather obscure and was practically never mentioned in antiquity. Like Apollonia, it is identified by inscriptions nami 'Aperlites from Isinda' found on the site and in , neighborhood.

The ring-wal1, quite well preserved in part of poor-quality masonry and much repaired. At the highest point is the foundation of a building li~ stoa, with steps on the long side and projecti wings at each end. Near the top of the hill are two house-tombs with Lycian inscriptions. At least t cisterns are to be seen, and on the slope towards village a number of Gothic sarcophagi with Greek inscriptions.

The inclusion of Isinda in the sympolity with Aperlae is surprising, not so much for the distal1 which is hardly greater than that between Apel and Simena, but because it lies in a quite differ region, with the intervening mass of Mt. Klran, I meters high. An association with Phellos wo appear more natural.

Not far from Belenli is an unusual Lyc tomb, which is half house-tomb, half sarcophag The place is known as Cindam, 'the Chinese house', the name apparently applying to the tomb.


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