Ancient city is located 40 kilometers far from Fethiye and 5 kilometers west of the Fethiye-Kaş highway. It can be reached through a 2 kilometers long stabilized road from the closest village called Minare.

Antique period author Byzantine Stephan quotes from Menekrates in relating how the city was founded as follows: "When the population became too much at Xanthos, a group of elderly founded a city on top of the Kragos Mountain, naming it Pinara which meaning circular". The circular formation of the higher acropolis with ruins from the early stages supports this story. The name of the city appears as Pinale in Lycian inscriptions. The nearby village is called Minare, which recalls the name of Pinara. Strabon quotes from Artemidoros and states that; “Pinara is one of the 6 large cities represented with 3 votes in the Lycian Union”.

Ancient city Pinara consists of public bath, theatre, Agora, Odeon, rock tombs, upper Acropolis, and lower Acropolis.  When approaching to the ancient city, hundreds of rock tombs carved on the steep eastern slope of the high acropolis first gets into attention. When the upper Acropolis became inadequate with the growth of population in a short time, the lower Acropolis was used for settlement which was also easier to access.

The lower Acropolis consists of Odeon, Agora, temples and adorned tombs. Most of the rock tombs are in the shape of houses which give ideas about Lycian civic architecture. Although the slopes of the lower acropolis were very steep, a terrace was built, supported by city walls in terms of fortification. Entering the city from the south gate, both the Odeon leaning against the slope and the Agora which is located on the plain field in front of Odeon, form the center of focus. Around the spring below the lower acropolis, there are various tombs with lintels, which were destroyed by earthquakes in antique times, as well as numerous rock tombs. Most of the rock tombs here are house-type and one of them is eye-catching with reliefs on the pediment and on the inner surface of the ante wall. There is figure of a city surrounded by fortification on its relief. The city assumed as Pinara which supports the belief that this may be the Royal Tomb of the prince.  

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