REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Iotape

Located on the 33rd km of the Alanya-Gazipaşa highway, the antique city got its name from Iotape, wife of Antiochus 4 of the Kommagane king (38-72 AD). The city minted its own coin during the period from the Emperor Trianus to Valerianus. The ruins have features of the Roman and Byzantine Period. The acropolis of the city is a high hill extending to the sea. The castle walls give appearance of a castle. The buildings are destroyed considerably. In the valley where acropolis is connected to the land, there is Harbour street extending in the east and west directions. On both sides of the street, there are crepis consisting of three steps and fundamentals for sculptures. The written fundamentals of the sculptures contain information about successful athletes and charity loving citizens of the town. In the bay located on the east of the acropolis there is a basilica in rectangular shape with three naves. There are traces of frescoes inside the small church in the town. In the frescoes H.G. stratelates were figured. Another building that still remains in the city is a bath. The sewage system of the bath can still be seen. On the modern road passing through the city centre there is ruin of a temple in 8x12.5 m. size. Necropolis of the Iotape is on the north and south hills of the city. Beside monumental tombs there are also small tombs structures covered with vaults.