During the Turkey yacht cruises, Fethiye is one of the main spots to stop. Scientists still argue that Fethiye was founded in V century BC. The city has long been independent. In 362 BC, Telmessos –the Lycians coming after the Persians- came under Korianskoe rule which lasted until the conquests of Alexander the Great. In 43 AC, the Roman Senate declared Lycia as a Roman province and the ancient city was entirely under the rule of the Romans. In 1390, Telmessos became a part of the Ottoman Empire.
If you like to step on shore some days after starting your Turkey yacht cruise, you can do that in Fethiye. There are many alternative excursions to take out of Fethiye on your Turkey yacht cruise. If you happen to stay in town, the museum is suggested to visit. After the idea of creation of the Municipal Museum appeared in the 60's of last century, the museum was built in 1987. The exhibits of the museum are priceless works of art and craft examples of the early Lycians, Greeks, Persians, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. Lovers of history will view marble busts, sarcophagi, tomb reliefs, which was discovered during excavations at the Letoon, Ksantofe Lycian and nearby settlements. The exhibition also displays coins of different eras, ancient amphora fragments of ancient columns and capitals, majestic busts and monumental sculpture. Among the most striking objects of the museum to highlight are stone stelae, inscriptions which performed in three languages (Greek, Aramaic and Lycian). The steel inscriptions dating from 358 BC made a huge contribution to the decoding of the Lycian texts. Another exhibit that deserves special attention is the beautiful sculpture a young girl with a dove. Historians believe that this work of art is related to the cult of Artemis in ancient times in the temple that was built in honor of the goddess. Particular attention should be paid to the monument Izraza related to the period Lycians.
Fethiye is rich in history and the influence of different cultures giving a rather rich architecture to the city and the museum got a priceless collection of artifacts. On your Turkey yacht cruise, it is worth to visit Fethiye and the museum.