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The village of Kale was established on top of the ancient city of Simena. Here, ancient history and. modem day life are intertwined. From inscriptions that have been found, we know that the history of ancient city of Simena goes back to the 4th cen1 B.C. If we go ashore via the jetty next to, sarcophagus on the seashore and climb up the behind the houses, we reach the castle of Sim This castle was used during the Middle Ages. Hi~ up, just below the castle wall, stood a stoa attache, a temple; remains of both buildings were notice( former times, but all that is seen now are a few blc built into a late wall and a fragment of an inscrip bearing the name of Callippus

Inside the castle is a charming little the (entirely rock-cut; it has only seven rows of seats measures a mere 16 meters in diameter. It car have held much over 300 people, a fair indicatiol the very modest size of the city. This is the sma: theater to be found throughout Lycia. There are I tombs scattered about west of the theater. Above rock tombs is a Roman wall built of dressed stone located on the wall are late-period embrasures, 1 giving one a simultaneous glimpse of three peril On the shore are the ruins of public baths wt inscription is still legible and reads 'ii gift to Emp Titus presented by the people and coundl et Apt as well as by the other dties et the League."

To the north of the castle on the nortl summit of the hill are many sarcophagi. Looking from the castle towards O~gIz, it becomes clear 1 beautiful and safe a natural harbor this really is. However, bathers need to be wary of sea urchins.

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