Arsada is located behind the Xanthos Valley, at a high altitude on the plain next to Akdag (ancient Massikytos Mountain). It is approximately 915 meters above sea level. Since there is no road to the ancient city, it can only be reached through a long and steep path.

Existence of this ancient city which was not mentioned by any historians was established from the inscription entitled “the Honoured Decree of the People of Arsada”. The name Arsada is also passed on to the village of Arsa nearby.    

A long and low hill is located in the west of the village. It is impossible to climb to this hill from the west side which faces the valley. At the central parts of the eastern slope of the hill, there is a wall without mortar, approximately 2.5 m high. 274 meter section of the wall is remained protected. The northern end of the wall connects with a tower of 9 m2 area. This tower was built of carefully placed large polygonal blocks and most probably constructed in the early Hellenistic period.

Not much of the city is standing today. However in and around the modern village there are some Lycian tombs mostly built in gothic style. Reliefs of human head figures were depicted on the short side of one of the lids, but most of the tombs are ruined. There is at least one house-type tomb and plenty of blocks around with inscriptions on them. Nearly all of the inscriptions are tombstones. Spratt mentioned the existence of parts of 3 Lycian inscriptions of which there is no trace today.


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