History of Olympos

Established in the Hellenistic Age (around the second century B.C.), the city of Olympos was perhaps the easternmost of the Lycian cities. Named after the famed Mount Olympos (of Lycia), the city was dedicated to Hephaestus and was a hot seat of Hellenistic culture (and also religion).

A principal member of the Lycian League, Olympos was a rich and flourishing city. However, the continual pirate raids in the past few centuries plagued the city and impoverished it of all its glory and importance.