The port of Phaselis.

The port of Phaselis. Image by Chris Game / CC BY 2.0

A major hotel project slated to be built in Turkey’s ancient Lycian port of Phaselis has been axed after historic structures and human remains were unearthed at the site. The proposed hotel was set to house 280 and would have been constructed on the fringes of the Beydağları Olympos National Park inside which Phaselis is located. Parts of the complex would have encroached on the archaeological site. The archaeological dig was carried out as a trial to see if the Mediterranean coastal ruins deserved increased protection. The hotel build was put on hold last November and has now been permanently cancelled following the discovery of the remains. Phaselis hopes to be considered for Unesco listing. Read more: